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The goal of the NATEF-accredited Automotive Technology Program is to prepare students for employment in the automotive services industry. Graduates are employed in sales, parts,and technician positions.
This program combines the study of college-level general education courses and extensive course work in automotive theory and lab classes designed to prepare graduates for entry level careers as technicians, service advisors, parts specialists, and managers.
Earn a certificate and get to work within a year. Continue your passion in our Associate degree coursework and tackle more complex diagnostics and repairs. Ready for management? Earn a Bachelor's degree from Missouri Baptist University at Jefferson College! Check out the complete pathway and hit the road toward an exciting career in automotive technology!
June 6, 2019
Jefferson College student Kayla Christian of Hillsboro recently received the 2019 Breaking Traditions Award for her success as a nontraditional student in the College’s popular Automotive Technology program.
The Breaking Traditions awards, sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), provides an opportunity for students, career-technical programs, educators, and schools to receive recognition and statewide acknowledgement for their achievements related to nontraditional careers.
“These students and educators exemplify the importance of lifelong learning,” Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven said. “By choosing nontraditional career programs, they are showing there are many paths to success for Missouri students.”
The awards recognize students in nontraditional career/technical education occupations in which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of those employed in that field. Since 1994, Breaking Traditions has honored outstanding students who have chosen technical programs based on their interests and abilities, and who have not let their gender influence career decisions.
Aside from her career aspirations and education at Jefferson College, Christian is currently completing an internship at Dobbs Tire and Auto in High Ridge where she works alongside an experienced technician.
“Kayla is easily the most motivated nontraditional student I have ever taught,” said Jefferson College Automotive Technology Professor Gerard Uhls, who nominated her for the award. “She is a completely rounded technician who possesses the drive to succeed along with shop skills, soft skills, and a positive demeanor. In short, Kayla solves problems in a way that encourages others to see the process.”
Career Centers, public two year colleges and comprehensive high schools can nominate a single student from each nontraditional program. Winners from the nine regions in the state are chosen by a panel of judges, and these finalists then compete for male and female secondary and postsecondary/adult State awards.
Jefferson College Automotive Technology student Kayla Christian (center) is a recipient of the Missouri Breaking Traditions Award for her accomplishments as a nontraditional student. Presenting the award is Automotive Technology Professor Gerard Uhls (left) and Dean of Career and Technical Education Dr. Dena McCaffrey. The Breaking Traditions awards recognize students in nontraditional career/technical education occupations in which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of those employed in that field.
May 7, 2019
Jefferson College Automotive Technology students recently completed a service learning project for the American Legion Post 253 in Festus, Missouri. Students from the first year and the second year (college and high school classes) replaced the timing chain, intake manifold, numerous suspension components, and all four brakes for the Honor Guard's Ford Explorer, all labor free. The Honor Guard travels to cemeteries to honor servicemen and servicewomen who have fallen in service to their country.
April 16, 2019
Women in Automotive and Collision representatives held a forum on the Jefferson College campus on April 16 to discuss the challenges and successes for women coming into the automotive field. Automotive Technology Professor Gerard Uhls and several automotive students in their first year attended the event to discuss the need for technicians in the field and the impact female students can have on businesses. Local industry leaders and prospective students attended the forum and shared ideas to promote the non-traditional students. The event was covered by AutobodyNews.com. Check out the full article here!
November 10, 2018
Jefferson College Automotive Technology students volunteered in the Oil Changes for Veterans event at Mieneke Car Care Center in Arnold Missouri. Over 15 students from Jefferson College including area high school seniors enrolled in the Area Technical School automotive program changed oil on over 85 cars and light trucks for our military veterans at no cost to the veterans. The students' work was supervised by Jefferson College Instructor Brad Berrey (active military) and Gerard Uhls, Professor of Automotive Technology.
October 23, 2018
Jefferson College Automotive Technology department recently welcomed Garage Gurus national trainer Rick Kearns for two training sessions in October. The high school and college classes were taught Brake Systems and Traction Control with Vehicle Stability Control. Garage Gurus is very popular on YouTube as a reliable source of vehicle information. Guru Rick Kearns travels extensively to educate technicians on proper repair techniques. Thanks for the visit!
April 9, 2018
Sadie Hefflinger from Northwest High School was selected as a 2018 Breaking Traditions winner for students pursuing a non-traditional career field. Sadie received a scholarship from the award to be used towards continued education in her field from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). We would like to congratulate Sadie for being chosen from a field of 86 candidates. Great job Sadie!