ECTC auto/diesel program recognized nationally

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By Kelly Cantrall

The auto/diesel program of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College has been named one of four top programs in the country by Tomorrow’s Technician, a trade magazine for automotive programs at secondary and postsecondary schools.

The program, along with South Seattle Community College in Seattle, Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colo., and Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, will learn which one will be tops sometime this month.

The four originally were chosen out of about 300 schools in the country that were nominated by students or staff, said Jerry Clemons, an associate professor in the ECTC program. Twenty schools were selected and those were narrowed to four.

For the rounds of the competition, the auto/diesel faculty had to compile and submit information on the program, including responses about the positive learning environment in the program and how the program has been able to succeed in a time of strained budgets.

Les Pike, an associate professor for the program, said he was honored by the recognition.

“That’s a very prestigious thing to have happen,” he said.

Pike said their new hybrid technology is an asset to the program, as is its history.

“This program has been a strong program for a long time,” said Pike, who has been with auto/diesel for 22 years.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.