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June 12, 2017
To give students in the Jefferson College Automotive Technology program the opportunity to learn on various makes and models of vehicles, College President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey recently donated his family’s Chrysler Pacifica to the College.

“My family and I are pleased to be able to support the training our Automotive Technology program students receive as part of this nationally accredited program,” said Cummiskey. “Just as a physician in training needs to have experience treating people of all ages and ethnicities, our Automotive Technology students need the opportunity to train on domestic and foreign vehicles as well as cars and trucks in order to have a diverse knowledge base.”

Cummiskey (center) gives the keys to students Zachary DeRousse and Sabrina Borrini. Also pictured, from left, is Automotive Technology Instructor Bradley Berrey, Automotive Technology Professor Gerard Uhls, and Jefferson College Foundation Executive Director Patti Christen.

May 8, 2017
To enhance instruction and training taught to students in the Jefferson College Automotive Technology program, the College recently received a donation of a 2008 Chrysler Sebring from InstaCredit Automart of Arnold. “Jefferson College is a leading facility for workforce training in the region. When we first started talking about this partnership we knew we could help, and we’re excited to do so,” said Don Birger, owner and president of InstaCredit Automart.

The donated vehicle will be used to support student mastery of skills within the Automotive Technology program in connection with the College’s accreditation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for meeting strict industry standards in the areas of brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, engine repair, and suspension/steering.

Jefferson College Automotive Technology Professor Gerard Uhls (center) accepted the keys from InstaCredit AutomartArnold Service and Facility Manager Mike Mudd. Pictured, from left, is Jefferson College Foundation Executive Director Patti Christen, InstaCredit Automart-Arnold Service Manager Wayne Watson, Uhls, Mudd, Jefferson College Automotive Technology Instructor Bradley Berrey, and College President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey. 

April 6, 2017
The Automotive Technology program has received full re-accreditation by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) through 2022. To renew NATEF accreditation status, the Automotive Technology program underwent a rigorous evaluation using nationally accepted standards of excellence in instruction, facilities, and equipment. NATEF accreditation provides external verification of the quality of the Jefferson College Automotive Technology program.

November 11, 2016
Jefferson College automotive students participated in the Free Oil Changes for Veterans at Meineke Car Care Center at 4021 West outer Road on November 11.  Both high school Area Technical School (ATS) and college students changed oil in over 125 vehicles at no charge to veterans. Owner Charlie Sheldon said, "We couldn't do this many oil changes without the support of Jefferson College." Jefferson College faculty Gerard Uhls and Bradley Berrey helped coordinate the oil changes throughout the day.



October 6, 2016
CEO and founder of Technicians Academy Shawn Collins and Richard Young came out to Jefferson College for a fuel systems class on Thursday, October 6, 2016 in the Automotive Technology department.  Jefferson College high school and college students participated in the morning long session which covered current and future technology in the automotive industry.  Scope training, wiring diagrams and diagnostics were covered to over 40 students in attendance.


(Pictured left to right: Richard Young, Gerard Uhls, and Shawn Collins)

September 20, 2016
Jefferson College and AutoZone have teamed up to provide automotive aftermarket training to technicians around the area. Over 25 technicians interested in sharpening their skills came from as far as Belleville, Illinois for Honda and Toyota Charging system training on September 20, 2016. William (Bill) Cochran (far left in photo), a double master ASE technician, was thrilled with the turnout and shared his knowledge for over three hours to Jefferson College students and professional technicians. Bill is based in Florida and trains across the nation.

August 20, 2016
Jefferson College and Kevin's Car Care (Barnhart) sponsored a continuing automotive electrical course on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The coursework, entitled Essential Electronics, is in a series of courses focusing on automotive electronics for the automotive aftermarket industry. Saturday's course involved hands on training with advanced automotive scopes and diagnostic procedures which accompany it.  The trainer, Kevin Leiby (pictured to the left), is a technical trainer for Leiby's Automotive Training.