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New SEMA-NACAT Award Honors Outstanding Automotive Aftermarket Educators

By Zane Clark

Educators leading the charge in promoting the automotive aftermarket may qualify for the first-ever SEMA-NACAT Education Foundation Award, which includes a prize admission to the 2016 SEMA Show and the 2017 NACAT Conference. Presented to three finalists, the award recognizes and supports top instructors who develop exemplary aftermarket curriculum, inspire student involvement and elevate the quality of future industry professionals.

“Too often these boots-on-the ground champions go unrecognized, but every day, every class, they are shaping the next generation of automotive enthusiasts and employees,” SEMA Chairman of the Board Doug Evans said in reference to instructors who foster the professional development of promising new aftermarket students.

The SEMA-NACAT Education Foundation Award is open to automotive/diesel/collision instructors who work at a high school, post-secondary or training center in the United States or Canada. Applicants must fill out an online form and submit a video showcasing the use of aftermarket products in the classroom, aftermarket curriculum development, instructional standards and student progress tracking, student community involvement and the passions that students bring to the program.

Applications are due by August 15, 2016. The top three applicants, who will be announced by September 1, 2016, will receive hotel and airfare to attend the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, with the top applicant also receiving free registration to the NACAT Conference in 2017.

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