TCPS Career and Technology Students Attain Automotive Industry Certifications

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Talbot County Public Schools Career and Technology Education Pathways offer students the opportunity to earn College Credits and Industry Standard Certifications in a variety of industries and fields of study.

One of those pathways is Automotive Technician (NATEF).Successful students may attain industry certification through the National Automotive Skill Standards Assessments in Engine Performance, Maintenance Light Repair, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Repair, Brakes and Suspension & Steering.

The following students are eligible for or have earned automotive industry NATEF certifications:  Evan Cohoon, Tim Jensen, Collin Mills, David Edwards, Colby Florkewicz, Alex Morales-Donis, Seth Horney, Ben Corbin, Brad Moore, Noah Fountain, Mason Parks, Henry Brady, Michael Clark, Dan Davis, Sam Harrison.

Letters to Editor

  1. David Wheeler says:

    Glad to see the Tech program get some positive PR but you forgot one vital element to it’s success, a teacher named Brian Willey. When I first met Brian in 2000, I discovered a tireless teacher who refused to allow the Tech program to be a ‘dumping ground’ for seemingly unmotivated students. As the Chairperson who assisted him in obtaining needed equipment for the shop, (through private donations), and provided a little business and technical advice, I watched teacher Willey not only help his students achieve NATEF certifications, but also achieve National recognition by getting Talbot certified as an AYES Automotive Youth Education Systems school. This was no small task. From hand writing custom curriculums for his individual students, to one on one mentoring of those who needed it, Brian was unwavering in his pursuit of excellence for his pupils. When summer came he was always able to find an apprenticeship job for every one who wanted one, and that included himself. You see, in order to stay current with technology and new vehicles, Brian took courses himself during the summer and also worked at our dealerships whenever he could. Once or twice a year we would also have the students and their parents come to the dealerships so they could see first hand the potential Automotive Technology could provide. Most did not realize that the stereotypic idea of a greasy mechanic was a thing of the past and that their earning potential was terrific. In our dealerships 2 of the top earners for the entire stores were technicians and their education level, (were you to include NATEF certifications, manufacturer continuing education, State certifications, etc.), would have far exceeded any Masters level college Program.
    One last item that I would like all to know is that Brian shared his experience and expertise with others outside of Talbot County as well. Just ask the Tech Programs at Queen Annes, Caroline and Dorchester. Who was always willing and anxious to share his successes and experience in order to make their students succeed, Brian Willey, Master Educator.

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