Autobody Repair Program Receives National Accreditation

January 30, 2024

Autobody repair student working on vehicle

The Automotive Technical Services - Autobody Repair associate degree program at Hudson Valley Community College recently received reaccreditation by the ASE Education Foundation, a non-profit, independent organization that rates entry-level technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry.

Under the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), the ASE Education Foundation conducted an on-site evaluation of the program. Results revealed that the college’s program has successfully met all industry standards required for ASE Program Accreditation and continues to meet the requirements for collision accreditation in the areas of Damage Analysis/Estimating/Customer Service, Painting and Refinishing, Non-Structural Analysis & Damage Repair, and Structural Analysis and Damage Repair.

“We are thrilled to learn the news of our Autobody Repair program’s reaccreditation,” President Roger Ramsammy said. “This achievement is based on a collective effort from our automotive faculty and staff who go above and beyond to offer the most high-quality education to our students. ASE accreditation assures that Hudson Valley graduates from the program are well-prepared to enter the workforce and use their new advanced skills. We are so proud to help our students succeed in their new career paths, and also to create a stronger workforce in the growing field of collision repair and technology.”

“I would like to thank the automotive faculty and staff for their excellent work leading our Autobody program and the tremendous effort they put into achieving our program’s reaccreditation” Department Chair Chris McNally said. “They all work very hard to provide our students with the best collision repair education in the state. Over the past year, we have worked closely with the ASE Education Foundation to assure that our program would successfully meet the strict industry standards required to achieve ASE accreditation for the next five years and beyond.”

ASE accreditation for the program will remain in effect for the next five years.

“This is great news for automotive-minded young people and their parents,” said Michael Coley, ASE Education Foundation President. “Because this program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders, it gives added assurance that Hudson Valley’s graduates will be employable entry-level technicians. As a result of the quality education provided by Hudson Valley, the motoring public will benefit since better repair technicians will join the workforce.”

Offered by the Applied Technologies department, Hudson Valley’s Automotive Technical Services - Autobody Repair associate degree program offers the latest automotive and autobody repair techniques and teaches students all phases of repairing damaged unibody vehicles and related components, including unibody alignment. Students also develop skills in all phases of repairing damaged vehicles, including frame straightening, welding, fabricating, dent repair, refinishing and replacing body parts and components and autobody estimation.

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