World Traveler Uses His International Automotive Experience to Teach

LEXINGTON, KY (January 24, 2007) Bluegrass Community amp; Technical College (BCTC) Instructor James Tibbatts recently completed his National Institute Automotive Service Excellence Certification (ASE) as a Master Certified Collision and Refinish Technician. He is one of only 7263 certified technicians in the United States and Canada. In addition, the BCTC Collision Repair Program, taught by Tibbatts recently met strict industry standards and received the ASE Master Program certification. This is the highest level of program achievement recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence.

Tibbatts certification adds to his already impressive resume that includes a 5-year City and Guild Apprenticeship in the United Kingdom, The Canadian Red Seal Interprovincial Certification, and a bachelors degree in Technological Studies from University of Western, Ontario. His seventeen-year career working for BASF Coatings included a 4-year assignment at the Rolls Royce auto manufacturing plant in Cheshire, England. His position as a Technical Training Manager with BASF Coatings also allowed him to live and work in the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

As the Bluegrass Community amp; Technical College Collision Repair Instructor, Tibbatts challenge is opening the minds of his students to all the possibilities that exist for educated and skilled workers. An aging workforce has created a shortage of technicians and the automotive industry nationwide is in need of workers at every skill level.

Tibbatts emphasized the importance of the BCTC program certification saying, The experts and leaders in the collision industry set the criteria for program certification, so students graduating from the Collision Program at BCTC can seek employment within the industry secure in the knowledge that prospective employers will recognize their hard earned credentials.

There are approximately 74 secondary and post secondary institutes with full NATEF/ASE certification in the United States and three of those are in Kentucky.