Program Chair, Automotive Technologydon.firstname.lastname@example.org(708) 656-8000
Ext: #1324Building D, Room 113
Morton College hosted the 79th Illinois College
Automotive Instructors Association’s (ICAIA) Spring Conference on March 19 and 20.The
association is made up of secondary and post-secondary automotive
instructors from Illinois and surrounding states.
Managed by Automotive technology instructor Don Sykora, the two-day event featured a trade show that showcased new products, services and training programs available to future technicians and the automotive industry.
Automotive instructors attended a variety of professional development and training workshops and seminars. Presenters included independent
automotive trainers, aftermarket product experts, educational product
specialists, and major vehicle manufacturers.
The event’s keynote speaker, Alex Levesque, is the founder and CEO of Automotive Mentoring Group, which works with at-risk youths by teaching them how to restore vintage vehicles. Levesque and his group of six mentors claim a 95 percent success rate.
Regarding the goals of the Conference, Sykora stated, “Technical update
training is an essential component of automotive program accreditation
standards. By attending conferences such as the ICAIA and
NACAT, automotive technology instructors receive the training needed to
maintain an up-to-date curriculum that includes the latest advances in
the automotive industry.” Morton College previously hosted an ICAIA conference in 1984.