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Congratulations are once again in order for the Washington Park High School automotive training program; it has been fully accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) for the 25th year in a row.

NATEF is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing secondary and post-secondary automotive education programs that give students job-ready skills or the credits needed to continue their education.

“These programs meet industry-developed standards that result in students ready to enter the workforce or to continue their education,” the NATEF website reads.

The Racine Unified website notes that Park’s program is accredited in these areas:

  • Engine Repair
  • Automatic Transmissions and Transaxle
  • Manual Drive Train and Axles
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Brakes
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Engine Performance

Reaching this level involved Park teachers working closely with NATEF representatives to be sure the Panther program remains rigorous.

“During the past few months, we have worked closely with NATEF and our advisory committee to make certain that our program would meet strict industry standards,” Park’s automotive instructor Jerry Kobriger told the district. “We are delighted to continue the standard of excellence of the NATEF accredited training programs. Students are assured of a quality education and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants.”