The NACAT organization came into existence when a group of automotive educators met for the first time in 1974 at Salt Lake City, Utah. This group pronounced the need for a national automotive teacher's organization. They met again in 1975 in Greensboro, North Carolina and again in 1976 in Azusa, California. As a result of the planning and effort from the previous meetings, the National Association of College Automotive Teachers (NACAT) was incorporated in Indiana on the 21st of July 1977 (the Articles of Incorporation can be viewed by clicking here). The first official NACAT conference was held at Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana and was hosted by George Whitehouse.
As the NACAT organization grew and evolved, the name was changed to the North American Council of Automotive Teachers. The name was changed to more accurately reflect the membership, which has a large percentage of Canadian members and includes secondary, post secondary, and industry automotive educators.
NACAT is governed by a nine member Board of Directors and business is conducted by the Officers which include President, Vice President/President Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. There is an annual member's meeting which is always held during the third week in July. The Directors and Officers are elected at large by the members and serve prescribed terms.
The annual conference is held at various locations around North America and is normally hosted by a local school. This week long event educates and renews the members to deal with the association's goal of improving automotive education. There have been 41 successful NACAT conferences (as of 2014), ranging from coast to coast, Texas to Canada, and the tradition of excellence continues. The 2015 conference will be hosted in Joliet, Illinois July 20-24 2015. A list of conferences can be viewed by clicking here.
The NACAT organization owes its existence to the forward thinking automotive teachers who had the strong determination to bring it together and to the faithful members who have kept it strong.