Every summer, Automotive Technology instructors from across North America gather together during the third week of July to receive training on new technologies, methods to improve their curriculum, and creative ways to keep their students interested and engaged in the classroom. This annual conference is organized by the North American Council of Automotive Teachers, Inc. (NACAT), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the open exchange of information among teachers and the automotive industry, training, student involvement, and fellowship among its members.
K&N's Steve Gibson is Elected to North American Council of Automotive Teachers Board of Directors
The NACAT conference is held in a new location each year, to allow instructors from different geographic areas the ability to attend a conference without the need to travel long distances.
NACAT is organized and run through a volunteer process. NACAT members serve as President, Vice President/President-Elect, Treasurer, as well as a Board of Directors who provide direction for NACAT as an organization. This year, at the 40th annual NACAT Conference in Québec, K&N Engineering's Steve Gibson was elected to fill a vacancy on the NACAT Board.
"I am extremely excited to have this opportunity to serve on the NACAT Board" said Gibson. "The average age of an automotive technician is over 45 years old. It's important that we keep students interested and engaged in automotive technology. When our current technicians retire, we need to have skilled people ready to take their place. This is also true for the other segments of the automotive industry like manufacturing and parts. I feel honored to be elected by my peers to represent them on the Board and to give these topics a voice. It's a huge investment in the future of the industry."
Gibson has participated in the NACAT Conference as a training provider since 2009. In 2014, the NACAT Conference returns to the United States, being hosted at Greenville Technical College in Greenville, South Carolina. "The 2013 NACAT Conference set the bar high" said Gibson. "The team at Greenville has a tough job, but I know they can pull it off, and create an experience for our instructors which is unique and full of great information."
You can learn more about the North American Council of Automotive Teachers at http://www.nacat.org.