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.

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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.

Automotive Contest WinnersCRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students David Downey of Afton and William Frey of Creston placed third overall in the 2009 Iowa Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills-National Quality Care Challenge held in Ankeny earlier this month.  This competition helps recognize some of the best high school auto technicians in the state.