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President's Update - January 2018

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Patrick Brown-HarrisonAs you are reading this, another Holiday season has come and gone. Many people look at this time of year as the beginning of a New Year. For educators, this is just the mid-point. I hope you had an enjoyable holiday season. Spending time with family and friends, and returned to the classroom rejuvenated.

As I sat in front of my computer and worked on preparing what to share with you on behalf of NACAT, I was interrupted and then redirected to getting finals completed and grades submitted. As many of you will agree, the end of term becomes very busy. As I looked to provide you with an update I found myself drawn to the recent Dean’s awards, handed out in two of my classes, which hold many similarities to us as educators. I can see some of you trying to see the similarities: Let me explain.

Some of you are familiar with the Canadian Apprenticeship process while others may not be. I’ll save you the specifics, but give you the key points. For four (4) years, apprentices (student) come to school for 8 weeks per year and return to work for 10 months. At the completion of the 4th year, we talk to the upcoming graduates about looking around the shops and beyond while looking for the next apprentice to take the role they just completed. I found myself telling them, “You, and the people you support, are the future of automotive repair.” There begins the similarity to us as educators! Many of us have been in the classroom for a number of years. Some are looking at retirement or growing programs. It is going to be the students presently in our classroom or the ones who have graduated that will be the new educators. There are skilled individuals, who have either been through our classrooms or currently are seated in them, that need to be encouraged to work towards becoming an educator. This is where NACAT and its membership can work together to develop and grow the Automotive Repair Industry.

With that said, it would be my pleasure to update you with the highlights of the midyear board meeting and how NACAT was going to support you as Automotive Educators while growing the Automotive Repair Education side of things. Unfortunately, at the time of publication, the meeting had not yet occurred. With that said, you can use the resources that NACAT has provided for you: the website, NACAT News, the membership, the board of directors, and the upcoming conference at Penn College. NACAT, specifically its membership, has demonstrated countless times its dedication to the classroom and the industry. Let me be one of many that thank you for what you do and the dedication that you have to your profession.

At this point I encourage you to take part in the future of Automotive Education and NACAT. If you are reading this and are not currently a NACAT member, please Join NACAT. If you are a present member, please consider helping in a leadership capacity and becoming part of the Board. Be a part of NACAT in recruiting students for automotive classrooms across North America. Be a part of NACAT in recruiting educators for automotive classrooms across North America.

Now is a good time to mark July 16-19, 2018 in your calendar and register for the NACAT Conference at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Patrick Brown-Harrison

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