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Standard 9 - Facilities

THE PHYSICAL FACILITIES MUST BE ADEQUATE TO PERMIT ACHIEVEMENT OF THE PROGRAM GOALS AND PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES.
Standard 9.1 - Training Stations

Training stations (bench and on-vehicle service and repair work) should be available in the type and number required for the performance of tasks outlined in the program goals and performance objectives

  1. … The evaluation team will conduct a visual inspection. Provide information on class size for each course.
    • Class enrollment is at a maximum due to current enrollment trends. Work stations are at maximum capacity (12 automobiles) due to present method of class format.
Standard 9.2 - Safety

The facilities should meet all applicable safety standards and an emergency plan should be in place and posted in all classrooms and lab/shop areas.

  1. … The evaluation team will conduct a visual inspection of the location of signs.
    • Students receive instruction in safety in AUTO lll, shop practices and procedures. Safety concerns are reviewed in each course. Students are not allowed to operate in violation of any shop safety rule.
  2. … The evaluation team will conduct a visual inspection of fire extinguishers.
    • Students are also given instructions regarding fire alarms with a mapped plan of escape posted on the bulletin board, and tornado drill information. The college does have a bomb threat check list should the necessity arise. C. The evaluation team will conduct a visual inspection and location of posted policy/procedures.
  3. … The evaluation team will conduct a visual inspection of lighting.
    • Overhead fluorescent lights in the labs and classrooms are adequate for safe working conditions. Technician drop lights are also made available when and where needed. All students are required to provide an industrial quality flashlight in their tool set.
  4. Note inspection schedule, show check list, and highlight pertinent comments in Advisory Committee minutes.

  5. The evaluation team will conduct a visual inspection to verify that all other applicable safety standards are met, i.e. eye wash, shower, spill kit, etc.
    • The instructor constantly monitors and regulates the safety of the automotive facility and immediate action is taken to correct any violation. A Safety/Security Officer constantly monitors the campus facility and records any observed violation. Periodically the college has acquired the services of an outside safety consultant to review the campus facility and make recommendations on needed action.
  6. The evaluation team will look for the identified vehicle traffic lanes.

  7. For evidence, see:
Standard 9.3 - Emergency Maintenance and Repair

A written facilities maintenance program should be used to ensure facilities are suitable when required for instruction.

  1. … Provide copy of written policy and procedures.
    • The college maintenance personnel complete approved written work requests as scheduled by their maintenance supervisor. Work request form must be filled out and submitted stating instructor identified need; all other.
    • Maintenance is done by the students and instructor. Maintenance and custodial workers are extremely cooperative in performing any immediate assistance requested by the instructional staff.

    • For evidence, see:
Standard 9.4 - Housekeeping

The classroom(s), lab/shop, and support area(s) should be kept clean and orderly.

  1. … The evaluation team will conduct a visual inspection.
    • Custodial workers maintain hand towel and soap dispensers and empty trash cans on those days classes are in session all other maintenance and clean-up is done by the students. Maintenance and custodial workers are extremely cooperative in performing any immediate assistance requested by the instructional staff.
Standard 9.5 - Office Space

An area separate from the lab/shop should be available and convenient for the instructor(s) use as an office.

  1. … The evaluation team will conduct a visual inspection.
    • The Automotive Technology Program instructor(s) office space is located in ST142.
Standard 9.6 - Instructional Area

A classroom convenient to, but separate from, the lab/shop area should be available for instruction and other non-lab/shop activities.

  1. … The evaluation team will conduct a visual inspection.
    • Because of the increased enrollment the Automotive Technology Program has two classrooms S127 and ST129. The classroom assigned is located next to the auto labs. The Automotive Technology classroom and lab is schedule for renovation in the summer of 2014.
Standard 9.7 - Storage

Storage areas for tools, parts, supplies, and automobiles should be sufficient to support the activities outlined in the program goals and performance objectives. Security should be provided to prevent pilferage and vandalism.

  1. …The evaluation team will conduct a visual inspection.
    • Automotive Technology vehicles are generally parked in the shop during non-instructional hours. The Automotive Technology Program has 12 parking areas for vehicle storage or vehicles in/out for repairs.
    • The automotive facility is in need of additional storage space for student tool boxes. Presently the tool room facility is used to store some of the student tool boxes.
Standard 9.8 - Support Facilities

Restrooms and clean-up areas should be provided for both male and female students and should be convenient to the instructional area.

  1. … The evaluation team will conduct a visual inspection.
    • Lockers are located in the ST139 for the student’s personal property.
    • Restrooms are located in the immediate area of the automotive labs and classrooms.
Standard 9.9 - Ventilation

An adequate exhaust fume removal system should be in place and operational. When appropriate, heating and cooling systems should be used to provide sufficient comfort for learning.

  1. … The evaluation team will conduct a visual inspection and verify the function of exhaust fume removal system.
  2. The ETL and team members will interview instructors and students.
    • The overhead exhaust removal system located in ST 125 and ST126 is fully operable and is used whenever vehicles are in operation. Supplemental exhaust removal is also available when necessary.
Standard 9.10 - First Aid

A first aid kit should be in place and should comply with local regulations and school policy.

  1. … Provide copy of the written policy. The evaluation team will conduct a visual inspection.
    • A well supplied first aid kit, eye-wash station and gel fire blanket is available to the instructor and students in the program and is located next to the hallway shop entry door.
    • The first aid kit available is a commercial kit and well-marked for identification.
    • The first aid kit is filled and maintained with basic supplies by the College Safety/Security Officer on a monthly basis.

    • For evidence, see: