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2017 New Teacher Winner
Nick Goodnight (right)

Nick Goodnight, an instructor at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was presented with the 2017 NACAT Education Foundation New Teacher Award during the 44th annual NACAT conference.

Goodnight is currently in his fifth year of teaching. In his own words, Goodnight became an automotive technology instructor “to help fill a need in my local community with the shortage of automotive technicians.” Once hired as an instructor, Goodnight quickly identified ways to increase the program’s student completion rate, rigor, and funding. He implemented a recognition display program that helped bring awareness and a sense of community to student award attainment. Goodnight, additionally, helped the program achieve NATEF service reaccreditation and collision initial accreditation, which, in turn, has helped graduates to more easily gain employment. Goodnight has also focused on building ties with local businesses so that both his students and program can have extra resources upon which to build their industry foundation.

Laura Lyons, the NACAT Education Foundation Chairperson of the Board, said of Goodnight’s achievement, “Nick was a stand-out applicant for the NACAT Education Foundation New Teacher Award. His application was dynamic and showcased his passion to his program as well as his personal committment to education. He is consistently working to improve himself, his students, his community, and his school. Educators like Nick Goodnight will help to decrease the industry’s technician shortage. It was a privilege to be able to present him with the award.”

The annual NACAT Education Foundation New Teacher award provides $250 toward NACAT Conference registration and $1000 toward the attendee’s expenses. Funds are disbursed at the banquet after the winner has participated in conference activities. You may apply for the 2018 award at http://www.nacatfoundation.org.

2017 New Teacher Winner
Nick Goodnight (right)

Nick Goodnight, an instructor at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was presented with the 2017 NACAT Education Foundation New Teacher Award during the 44th annual NACAT conference.

Goodnight is currently in his fifth year of teaching. In his own words, Goodnight became an automotive technology instructor “to help fill a need in my local community with the shortage of automotive technicians.” Once hired as an instructor, Goodnight quickly identified ways to increase the program’s student completion rate, rigor, and funding. He implemented a recognition display program that helped bring awareness and a sense of community to student award attainment. Goodnight, additionally, helped the program achieve NATEF service reaccreditation and collision initial accreditation, which, in turn, has helped graduates to more easily gain employment. Goodnight has also focused on building ties with local businesses so that both his students and program can have extra resources upon which to build their industry foundation.

Laura Lyons, the NACAT Education Foundation Chairperson of the Board, said of Goodnight’s achievement, “Nick was a stand-out applicant for the NACAT Education Foundation New Teacher Award. His application was dynamic and showcased his passion to his program as well as his personal committment to education. He is consistently working to improve himself, his students, his community, and his school. Educators like Nick Goodnight will help to decrease the industry’s technician shortage. It was a privilege to be able to present him with the award.”

The annual NACAT Education Foundation New Teacher award provides $250 toward NACAT Conference registration and $1000 toward the attendee’s expenses. Funds are disbursed at the banquet after the winner has participated in conference activities. You may apply for the 2018 award at http://www.nacatfoundation.org.

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