College Named NC3 School on the Rise

​College of the Desert Recognized as a School on the Rise by the National Coalition of Certification Centers

College of the Desert was selected as a National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) School on the Rise for Career and Technical Education (CTE) during this year’s NC3 Virtual Leadership Summit.

This award recognizes the hard work and dedication within the Automotive Technology Program at the College and establishes the College as a leader in the NC3 network of 900+ institutions across the country. In addition, this award celebrates schools that have shown consistent growth in issued certifications since joining the NC3 network.

“The growth of their CTE program in the two short years since joining the NC3 Network exhibits the motivation and innovation crucial to their students’ success,” said Erika Staackmann, NC3 Customer Success Coordinator. “Through their partnership with NC3, College of the Desert is able to provide students with the opportunity to jumpstart successful careers in the technical fields.”

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 collaborative partnerships. This collaboration fosters effective training, elevation of skilled careers and employment opportunities for students.

“On average, College of the Desert enrolls 1,000 students in the Automotive Technology Program each year, and since 2018, the College has increased the number of issued NC3 certifications by a staggering 625 percent,” said Douglas Benoit, College of the Desert Dean of Applied Sciences and Business. “NC3 certifications offer critical and fundamental skills that can be applied across all CTE programs. These certifications can be easily applied into classroom trainings, providing students with a foundational skillset.”

To learn more about the program and the opportunities available at the College, watch the Automotive Technology Program YouTube video.

Douglas Redman holding NC3 AwardPhoto Caption: NC3 award being held by Douglas H. Redman, MSIDT, Associate Professor of Automotive/Advanced Transportation​

College of the Desert instructors and students in the Automotive Technology Program

Photo Caption: College of the Desert instructors and students in the Automotive Technology Program