NAFTC Participates in NACAT Conference August 2012
The North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) held their annual conference this July in Tyler, Texas. The week-long seminar featured 144 sessions from North American industry and education specialists.The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium had a trade show booth at the event. Executive director, Al Ebron, and assistant director of training and curriculum development, Micheal Smyth, attended.“The NAFTC had a very successful display at NACAT 2012, based on feedback from prospective attendee schools,” Smyth said. “We’re looking forward to attending next year’s event at NACAT 2013 in Quebec.”Smyth noted there was a lot of activity around the NAFTC’s booth for this year’s event. NAFTC representatives had many conversations with potential future member schools across the country.The annual NACAT conference is held on the third week of July every year, and began in 1974. Each day, there are sessions with presentations from auto industry and education experts. Five scholarship and education awards are given each year by the NACAT Education Foundation, and a trade show occurs over two days during the conference. This year, each presenter had a booth to display in Harvey Hall of the Harvey Convention Center in Tyler. NACAT Board Member Mir Alikhan helped host and put together the entire event. Alikhan is an Automotive Technology Professor at Tyler Community College, which is a National Training Center member of the NAFTC.The NACAT organization was founded in 1974, and the first official NACAT conference was held at Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana.The 2013 event is set for Quebec City, Quebec in Canada and will be held from July 22 to 26.