Claude Townsend, an automotive instructor at Oakland Community College, has earned the NC3 Master Instructor rating from the National Coalition of Certification Centers.
This makes Townsend the only community college instructor throughout Michigan to hold such a certification. To achieve the rating, Townsend was required to observe other master-level instructors teach automotive courses. He also had to teach classes while being supervised.
With this certification, students can earn up to 21 NC3 certifications at Oakland Community College and five certificates of attendance. This will add to the diversity of course offerings available to automotive servicing and repair students. Townsend said that
“Earning these certifications gives students an added advantage in the job market because auto dealerships and repair shops know these students are certified and they do not have to spend extra time and money training on various aspects of automotive repair,” Townsend said in a press release. “...As an NC3 Master Instructor, we are at the forefront of helping to solve the skills gap by preparing the new skilled labor workforce, and that is something I am very proud of.”