WESTFORD -- The automotive collision repair & refinishing program at Nashoba Valley Technical High School has received national accreditation.

The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has accredited Nashoba Tech's program in the areas of painting and refinishing; nonstructural analysis/damage repair; plastics and adhesives; mechanical and electrical components; and structural analysis/damage repair.

To achieve the recognition, the program underwent rigorous evaluation by NATEF, using nationally accepted standards of excellence in such areas as instruction, facilities and equipment. Upon completion, NATEF recommended that Nashoba Tech be accredited by ASE.

Nashoba Tech instructors Tom Beaulieu and Mike Robichaud have worked closely with NATEF to ensure that the program meets strict industry standards. Both instructors hold Master ASE certification.

Beaulieu and Robichaud said national accreditation means students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of hiring quality job applicants from Nashoba Tech's automotive collision repair & refinishing program.

Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz said, "Now, more than ever, our graduates will be prepared to enter productive, entry-level positions. We are proud of this coveted recognition and of our ability to produce competent technicians so desperately needed by the automotive industry.



Students in Nashoba Tech's automotive collision repair & refinishing program service Massachusetts State Police cars as well as town-owned and privately owned residential vehicles. To inquire about having a vehicle with body damage repaired at Nashoba Tech, call 978-692-4711, ext. 6128. The vehicle must be owned by a resident of Nashoba Tech's district, which includes Ayer, Chelmsford, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford.