John Garippa, associate professor, Automotive Trades Department, Alfred State College, was recently named the 2008 Educator of the Year at the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) conference held recently at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport.
Each year, Mitchell 1 recognizes one of the nation's top teachers for excellence in automotive repair instruction. Garippa was presented with a check for $500 and a recognition certificate.
"Mitchell 1 is proud to join with NACAT for another year to honor those who have demonstrated a commitment to educational excellence in the automotive repair industry," said Karen Wagner, marketing manager for Mitchell 1. "John Garippa has an outstanding reputation as an instructor and we feel he is an excellent choice for this award. Everyone at Mitchell 1 would like to extend our sincerest congratulations to John on his achievement."
Garippa graduated from Alfred State College's automotive program at the top of his class in 1984. From 1984 to 1994, he was an auto and light truck technician at Elsenheimer Chevrolet in Hornell. Garippa was a member of Chevrolet's National Advisory Council from 1990-1992. He has been an automotive instructor at ASC since 1994.
Garippa has been ASE Master Certified since 1984. In addition, he is ASE Certified Advanced Level Specialist; ASE Certified Truck - Brakes, Steering/Suspension, HVAC; and ASE Certified Collision - Mechanical/Electrical.
Selection criteria for the Educator of the Year award requires 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).
About Alfred State College
Alfred State College, a member of the technology college sector within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, offers outstanding educational opportunities for students in its nearly 60 associate degree programs, 16 baccalaureate degree programs, and several certificate programs. ASC continues to expand its online education offerings to include more than 56 online courses as well as two complete curriculum options (health information technology and court and realtime reporting). Numerous vocational-technical offerings stressing hands-on learning are available at the School of Applied Technology Campus located in nearby Wellsville, NY. The College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and several programs are also accredited or approved by program-specific professional organizations.
About Mitchell 1
Headquartered in Poway, CA, Mitchell 1 has provided quality repair information solutions to the automotive industry for almost 90 years. The Mitchell 1 family of products includes a complete line of integrated software tools designed to improve repair shop productivity.