Osseo Senior High School celebrated the honor of being the first high school in Minnesota to have its automotive program certified under new NATEF standards and regulations. This means OSH is an accredited Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair High School by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.
The NATEF certification process is overseen by an outside review team who is identified and sanctioned by NATEF. Certification requires an automotive program to demonstrate high competency in 12 standard areas including instruction, work-based learning, safety, equipment, facilities and more. NATEF certification is significant because it provides the opportunity for students, while still in high school, to pursue certifications through passing scores on industry-recognized exams earning them credentials to take directly into the workforce or giving them a head start on their post-secondary studies.
Additionally, it identifies OSH’s program as one that meets national standards ensuring students they will receive current, complete, and applicable training. Local businesses can be assured that Osseo’s program will produce well-trained automotive professionals.
With NATEF certification, OSH has been able to partner with Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES). This partnership between automotive dealers, service employers, and automotive high school programs develops community/industry connections needed to actualize the goal for Osseo automotive students to participate in 320-hour internships with automotive dealers and aftermarket service employers during the summer between their junior and senior year.
Additionally, students in the automotive program at OSH are eligible to earn several college credits with Hennepin Technical College if they choose automotive-related post-secondary studies.