NATEFdonation2011February 17, 2011--The automotive programs at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) recently received a donation of 10 auto digital volt multi meters (DVOMS) from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF).

The DVOMS will be used in the automotive lab areas to test vehicle electrical systems to determine how many volts are running through the vehicle.  Five of the DVOMS will be used by the automotive repair technology program and the other five units will be used by the collision repair/refinish program.

SWCC’s automotive programs received this gift due in part to being nationally certified by NATEF and having Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) master certification.  To achieve these recognitions, the SWCC’s automotive programs underwent rigorous evaluation.

SWCC offers a one-year diploma in automotive repair technology and collision repair/refinish, as well as a two-year associate of applied science degree program for each area.  In addition, the college offers automotive repair technology coursework for high school students.

Pictured left (L to R):  Kadin Miller, second year automotive repair technology student, from Osceola; Brian Dankert, second year automotive repair technology student, from Blockton; and Salvador Aguilera, first year collision repair/refinish student, from Osceola.

Auto Skills StudentsCRESTON —Four teams of students from Southwestern Community College's (SWCC) Tech Prep/Career Academy automotive program received honors during the Iowa high school Auto Skills Contest held December 17, 2010, at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Ankeny. 

East Union’s team, made up of SWCC students Levi Stonehocker, a senior from Lorimor, and Lewis Ripperger, a junior from Afton, placed second overall in the statewide competition.  Creston’s team, which consisted of Zach Wignall, a senior from Creston, and Cody Bristow, a junior from Creston, competed and earned fifth place honors. 

Corning’s team of Micheal Avila, a senior from Corning, and Dalton Cormeny, a senior from Corning, placed seventh; and Mt. Ayr’s team of Trevor Richie, a senior from Benton, and Andy Freihage, a senior from Mt. Ayr, placed eighth.


AAA Auto Skills Contest WinnersCRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Johnny Mordock of Creston and Logan Jenkins of Prescott placed second overall in the 2010 Iowa Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny.  This competition recognizes some of the best high school auto technicians in the state.

The two SWCC students qualified for the statewide competition following a written exam administered a couple of months ago.  Mordock and Jenkins placed first in the written portion of the competition.  The top scoring teams were then invited to Ankeny to participate in the hands-on competition.


NATEF certificationCRESTON —The automotive repair technology program at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has received certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF) and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).  SWCC’s automotive program has been certified in all eight areas required for ASE master certification, the highest level of achievement recognized by ASE.


Schmalzried Demonstrates Hybrid CarCRESTON—When Creston Automotive recently loaned Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC) automotive programs a hybrid vehicle for classroom-demonstration purposes, SWCC automotive students had opportunities to see first-hand how the automotive industry is changing as the demand for environmentally-friendly vehicles increases. 


Automotive Group PhotoCRESTON —Two teams of students from SWCC's Tech Prep/Career Academy automotive program placed fourth and seventh respectively in an Iowa high school automotive hands-on skills contest held December 16, 2009, at DMACC in Ankeny.

A team made up of SWCC students Alex Harlan, a junior at Nodaway Valley High School, and Logan Jenkins, a senior at Corning High School, placed fourth in the competition.  Steven Page, a senior at Orient-Macksburg, and Johnny Mordock, a senior at Creston, competed on the team earning seventh place honors.