by Matthew Sevart

Educator Think Tank panelists offer advice, strategies for engaging the technicians of tomorrow

     Overland Park, Kan.—The best of today’s automotive technology programs blend new approaches to recruiting and educating students, and rely on the active involvement of advisory committees and local shop owners.

That was the main takeaway from discussions at the all-day ASA-Midwest Vision Educator Think Tank on March 7, at the Overland Park Convention Center   

The challenge of engaging students enrolled in automotive technology programs was a major focus of the day’s discussions.   

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 10:26
Seattle, Wash.—The Spring 2014 General Meeting of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF), hosted by the Automotive Service Association (ASA) Northwest Chapter, was held recently in advance of the chapter’s annual Automotive Training Expo (ATE) at the Double Tree Hotel in...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Harvard, Ill.—At the end of April, the annual ToolTech conference, hosted by the Equipment & Tool Institute (ETI) will address, as this year’s theme states, “The Connected Car meets the Connected Shop.” A lineup of presenters and panelists, including OEMs, tool and...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Independence, Mo.—Some may say that owning 16 scan tools and seven lab scopes is overkill, but Jeff Bly, a drivability diagnostician at Buddy’s Automotive and national technical trainer for NAPA Autotech, said even with that arsenal, he still feels underequipped. “Because I’...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Overland Park, Kan.—The Overland Park Convention Center’s 60,000-square-foot expo floor was sold out again this year at the annual ASA-Midwest Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo.  The four-day event, which ran from March 6-9, drew more than 3,500 automotive professionals and...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Olathe shop invests in OE scan tools and enhances niche in drivability diagnostics . . . . . . . . Olathe, Kan.— Ross Crevoiserat, owner of Ross Automotive, said he compares his business to that of a family doctor or dentist, with a dedicated following, rather than the fast-food, high-volume...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Cedar Park, Tex.—Shop owners and technicians have to take into account a number of considerations when looking to invest in a new diagnostic scan tool, from the scanner’s coverage and capabilities to tooling budget and product support, said Richard Zenteno, marketing director at...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Olathe, Kan.—One out of every seven jobs in the U.S. is transportation-related, which Ken Gandy, auto technology instructor at Olathe Advanced Technical Center (OATC), said presents some excellent opportunities for his students.  “You are either going to design it, drive it, break...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Lee’s Summit, Mo.—Dewayne Hancock got his start in the collision repair industry in 1975 at a local Kansas City dealership, and about a decade later, went out on his own, and opened Classic Paint & Collision. Hancock said he has focused on keeping up with the learning curve on...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Waltham, Mass.—As the modern vehicle continues to become more technologically advanced by the day, the need for high-quality education and training is more important than ever, said Thomas Snyder, chief commercial officer at Electude, an e-learning company focused on approaching vocational...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Longtime Lawrence repair shop adds Asian import business, finds success in preventive maintenance . . . . . . . . Lawrence, Kan.— Rick Bellinger, owner of Dale & Ron’s Auto Service, will tell you that as a young man, he didn’t plan on running an automotive repair shop or even...
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