Kaskaskia College is proud to announce that Automotive Technology Instructor, Chuck DeBernardi, was recently honored with the Jack Erjavec Innovative Instructor Award at the 41st North America Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) Conference held in Greenville South Carolina.
DeBernardi was selected for the award for demonstrating the most creative and effective use of technology in the classroom. As part of the award, he will receive $2500.00.
DeBernardi has been a member of the KC faculty since 2007. In 2010 he received the Student Congress Outstanding Professor Award and the Kaskaskia College Humanitarian Award. He has also won several Making a Difference Awards. He is the Skills USA advisor for his program and his students have finished in the top 10 at state for the last 4 years. He is also the sponsor for the Automotive Technology Club.
Before becoming a faculty member at Kaskaskia, Chuck worked in a family owned shop in Centralia “Bob’s Engine Hospital” that is owned by his brother, Perri DeBernardi. He has been involved in the industry for 30 years. DeBernardi says, “The Automotive Industry has been good to me, and now I want to give back to the next generation of auto technicians.”
According to KC Dean of Career and Technical Education, George Evans, “Chuck continues to set the bar high for the standard of excellence within his programs. His work ethic, charisma and commitment to this institution are second to none. He is an incredible asset to the institution."
NACAT is an international organization of forward thinking automotive teachers from Colleges, High Schools, and Manufactures. NACAT Conference is a weeklong event that educates and renews the members to deal with the association's goal of improving automotive education and celebrate outstanding educators. DeBernardi received first place, Dr. David Gilbert from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale received second place and George Patchoros from Bronx Community College received 3rd.