WESTFORD -- Eight students in the Automotive Technology program at Nashoba Valley Technical High School passed the four core components of the National Automotive Students Skills Standards Assessment, or NA3SA.

The four areas all students must pass are suspension and steering; brakes; electrical/electronic systems; and engine performance. Once they pass those four core components, they are NA3SA-certified.

NA3SA is an independent, nonprofit organization with a mission of evaluating technician-training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry, and recommending qualifying programs for certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Local students who passed this year include: Nathan Baldinelli (senior, Pepperell); Richard Cura (junior, Townsend); Thomas Fitzpatrick (senior, Townsend); and Brian Quin (senior, Townsend).