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August 5, 2009

For Immediate Release

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Mike Godson, head of Clark’s automotive department, was honored during the 2009 National American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) Conference in North Carolina


Clark College automotive professor Mike GodsonVANCOUVER, Wash. – Clark College automotive professor Mike Godson was named Educator of the Year during the 2009 North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) Conference.   The annual award is presented for excellence in automotive repair instruction.

A resident of Washougal, Godson is head of the automotive department at Clark College. He is also a Toyota Technical Education Network (T-TEN) instructor, a chairperson on the Toyota T-TEN National Advisory Council, a National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) evaluation team leader and a Washington Department of Ecology authorized emission specialist. In addition, Godson is Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master and L-1 certified.

Selection criteria for the annual 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).  This year, Godson received the highest score among all automotive teachers in North America.

Godson received the award during the NACAT conference, which was held from July 20-24 at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C.  The award was presented by officials of NACAT and corporate supporter Mitchell 1.  Godson received a recognition certificate and a check for $500.   In addition, in support of student success, the college will receive a free one-year subscription to Mitchell’s online technical help bulletins.

Dr. Rassoul Dastmozd, Vice President of Instruction at Clark College, said, “As head of our automotive program, Mike Godson demonstrates excellence every day.  It’s gratifying to see that expertise recognized and honored by Mike’s peers from across the nation.” 

Godson graduated from the Arizona Automotive Institute in Glendale, Ariz. in 1977. He received a certificate in automatic transmissions from Clark College in 1978 and graduated from the same school in 1994 with an associate in applied science (AAS) degree. He worked as an automotive technician in various dealerships and independent service facilities from 1978 until he accepted a full-time faculty position in the Clark College automotive department in 1995.

“I have always believed that strong industry experience is a requirement for any automotive instructor,” said Godson. “Staying fully ASE certified and working in the industry during the summer months helps me remain current and proficient with existing automotive technology. The process of continuous learning and demonstration of technical skills lays the foundation for effective automotive training.”

Additional information about the North American Council of Automotive Teachers is available at www.nacat.com.

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