North American Council of Automotive Teachers

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Board Chair Update - September 2017

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Steve GibsonGreetings! I hope your summer was rewarding and pleasant, and that you were able to enjoy some down time before resuming classes in the fall. If you weren’t able to join us for the NACAT Conference this past July, we missed you! The folks at Macomb Community College did an amazing job as conference hosts, and the entire week was filled with memorable experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom. The 2017 conference will be a conference I will remember for years to come – so to the Macomb team, a tip of the hat to you! Great job!

By the time this issue of NACAT News reaches your desk, you’ll likely be a few weeks in to your fall classes. Are you applying anything in your classroom that you took away from the conference? What are some topics you would like to see included in our conference next summer? What can NACAT do to further improve your training experience? If you have the time, I’d like to know your feedback. E-mail me here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This fall at K&N, we are gearing up to participate in Manufacturing Day 2017. If you’re not aware of Manufacturing Day, it is a national day where manufacturers open their doors to educate and inspire the next generation of skilled workers. This is a great program to involve your students in. By finding a local manufacturer to partner with, you will be exposing your students to a world they likely have never seen before – a world where products are created from raw materials and someone’s idea/design. It is fascinating! Here at K&N, we will host our local high school engineering academy (our high schools don’t have automotive programs anymore) and give them a behind the scenes tour of how an air filter is designed and then manufactured. Their curiosity and intrigue can set them on a path of discovery; questions asked can lead to networking opportunities, and student interest could even turn into a career opportunity. Manufacturing day is observed the first Friday of October, which this year falls on October 6. Learn more about Manufacturing Day at

I am extremely excited for the upcoming release of NACAT’s new e-newsletter, which will roll out in October! NACAT will be sending out 9 e-newsletters a year – one a month, in the months between when you receive your printed NACAT News issues. I think you’ll enjoy the new content – so make sure you watch your email soon!

I have a great feeling about the year ahead. I hope your year is great as well!

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