Jon Kisby Named 2019 Mitchell 1 Educator Of The Year

Jon Kisby was named the Mitchell 1 Educator of the Year during the 46th annual North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) conference held recently in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Each year, Mitchell 1 recognizes one of the nation’s top teachers for their commitment to educational excellence in the automotive repair industry.

As the 2019 recipient, Kisby received a one-year complimentary subscription to Mitchell 1’s ProDemand diagnostic, estimating and auto repair information software for the school where he teaches, as well as airfare and accommodations for him and a guest to attend the NACAT conference, a check for $600 and a recognition certificate.

“Jon Kisby’s excellent career experience and reputation as an automotive instructor make him an outstanding choice to receive this year’s Mitchell 1 Educator of the Year honor,” said Nick DiVerde, senior marketing director, Mitchell 1. “We’re pleased to recognize Jon’s dedication to helping develop skilled professionals for the car care industry, and we extend our sincerest congratulations to him on this achievement.”

Kisby has spent the past 14 years at Southeast Community College (SCC) in Milford, Nebraska, as an instructor in the General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (GM ASEP). During this time, he achieved General Motors World Class Technician status in 2007, the Milford Campus Outstanding Teacher Award in 2012 and the International Association of General Motors ASEP Technical Instructor Award of Merit in 2013 and 2016. Kisby is a 1994 graduate of SCC Milford, earning an associate of science degree in the General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program.  

Selection criteria for the Mitchell 1 Educator of the Year award require that a master automotive technician excel on all ASE automotive tests, including A1 – A8 (Engine Repair, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle, Manual Drive Train and Axles, Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Heating and Air Conditioning, Engine Performance) and the L1 (Advanced Engine Performance Exam).

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Southeast Community College Wins ACDelco Social Media Challenge

ACDelco has named General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) students at Southeast Community College’s Milford, Nebraska, campus as the latest winners of the ACDelco GM ASEP School Challenge.

ACDelco - Social Media Competition“The enthusiasm of the students at Southeast Community College is infectious, and we hope they inspire many more current and prospective students to pursue careers in automotive service,” said Abby Szafranski, digital and social media manager, ACDelco.

The contest challenged GM ASEP students across the U.S. to produce creative social media content to inspire other students to consider careers as automotive technicians. The winning school receives prizes, including ACDelco gear and automotive tools.

GM ASEP is a joint effort between GM, GM dealers, ACDelco Professional Service Center (PSC) program members and select colleges across the U.S. The two-year GM ASEP curriculum combines advanced technical training, academic coursework and real-world internship experience at participating GM dealerships or independent ACDelco PSC shops. Graduates will complement their technical know-how with an associate’s degree in applied science or similar fields.

Increasingly advanced vehicle systems and an industry shortage of qualified technicians are creating career opportunities for the students. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) predicts the auto care industry will need to hire more than 30,000 technicians by 2024.

“As demand for qualified technicians in our area increases, it is important for our faculty to stay on the cutting edge,” said Mark Christensen, GM ASEP instructor at Southeast Community College. “With the ongoing support of corporate partners like ACDelco, we look forward to giving the next generation of auto care professionals the tools they need to succeed.”

ACDelco GM ASEP Social Media Challenge

The next ACDelco GM ASEP School Challenge is already under way, and social media posts now through April 30 will be eligible to win the next ACDelco prize package. To enter:

• Post photos of your school’s GM ASEP classes on the ACDelco Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages
• Use the #ACDelco hashtag in the post