Kenosha, Wisconsin, With a history of 38 years as a leading education provider in Puerto Rico, Mech-Tech College attended the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) Leadership Summit in Kenosha, Wisconsin and received, for the sixth occasion, the Enterprise Award as an NC3 Leadership School.
“NC3 recognizes and values Mech-Tech’s passion and commitment to technical education. It is impressive as NC3’s only Puerto Rico-based school demonstrates endurance and its ability to overcome challenges in a way that always puts the technical education of its students first. The Enterprise Award is presented to the leading institution in NC3 certification implementation in the nation and celebrates their goals to move ideas and people forward. We are proud of our nearly 10-year partnership with Mech-Tech College and acknowledge their hard work and dedication to improve the lives of their students, community, workforce, and economy by through their innovative career and technical education model”, states Roger Tadajewski, NC3’s Executive Director.
“We thank the NC3 board of directors and staff for making it possible for our students to have this fantastic opportunity to graduate from Mech-Tech with industry-recognized certifications in addition to their diploma or occupational associate degree. Beyond the number of certifications offered, we embrace the importance of the certifications and with a genuine sense of responsibility as the only NC3 member in Puerto Rico and also as the largest producer of graduates in Automotive Technology and a significant producer of graduates in HVAC, electrical and welding technologies,” said Yadexy Sierra, Mech-Tech’s Chief Operations Officer while receiving the award.
“Puerto Rico is a beautiful Island that is part of the United States but one true challenge is accessibility to options and opportunities for the student population we serve, what would be called the non-traditional student; and it is with great pride that we can say that Mech-Tech is a significant provider for technical education and training. The fact that we can enhance our education services with specialized certifications is something we are really proud of and thankful for. WE could not be more impressed with Gateway Technical College and we honor and respect the work of all Community Colleges in the coalition.” –continued Sierra.
Mech-Tech’s instructors attended NC3’s professional development training, known as “Train-the-Trainer” prior to the NC3 Leadership Summit conference to expand their professional portfolio with industry-recognized certifications by Trane, Lincoln Electric and Snap-on. The school also already offers certifications by Starret, Greenlee, 3M, Dremel, and Tormach among others. www.mechtech.edu / www.mtifl.com
About the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3)
NC3 was established to help build a workforce prepared to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s industries by connecting employers and educational institutions in synergistic partnerships that foster effective training, elevation of skilled careers, and employment opportunities. In fulfilling its mission, NC3 builds deep industry-educational partnerships and develops, implements and sustains industry-recognized portable certifications built on national skills standards. We envision an industrial labor market where all workers have jobs they need to thrive and all companies have well-trained employees they need to operate and grow. Learn more at www.nc3.net.
About Mech Tech College
Mech-Tech College is a higher education and technical institution providing education and training since 1984 in occupational fields related to the automotive industry as well as in the manufacturing and health-related fields. Educational campuses are located in Caguas, Mayaguez, Bayamon, Vega Baja and Ponce, Puerto Rico and in the city of Orlando in the State of Florida. Mech-Tech is accredited by ACCET, licensed in Puerto Rico and Florida, and approved by the United States Department of Education. www.mechtech.edu