Two Bates Technical College career education programs have recently received national accreditation.
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) has granted the college’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program accreditation. The college began the application process for accreditation in 2010, which included an intense and rigorous self-study report and a three-day, on-site visit from ACOTE officials.
The ACOTE accreditation allows graduates to sit for the national certification examination to become certified occupational therapy assistants. Bates’ inaugural OTA class is currently in its last quarter, which is a full-time clinical internship.
The Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA) has awarded accreditation to the college’s Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician program following an in-depth self evaluation process, and a two-day, on-site evaluation.
“These accreditations guarantee that our instruction, curriculum, faculty and facilities meet or exceed industry standards, which helps demonstrate that our graduates are ready to fill the increasing need for skilled workers in these fields,” said Vice President of Instruction Cheri Loiland.
Both accreditations are valid for five years.