Makowsky named 2012 Mitchell 1 top educator

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Makowsky named 2012 Mitchell 1 top educator

Michael Makowsky, an automotive instructor at the Porter and Chester Institute in Watertown, Conn., has been named the Mitchell 1 2012 Educator of the Year.

The honor was presented during North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) conference held recently at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas.

Mitchell 1 says that each year the company recognizes one of the nation’s top teachers for excellence in automotive repair instruction. Makowsky was presented with a check for $500 and a recognition certificate.

He will also receive a one-year complimentary subscription to Mitchell 1’s ProDemand repair, diagnostic and maintenance information program for the school where he teaches.

“Michael Makowsky has an outstanding reputation as an instructor and we feel he is an excellent choice for this award says Nick DiVerde, senior marketing director, Mitchell 1. “Everyone at Mitchell 1 would like to extend our sincerest congratulations to Michael on his achievement.”

Makowsky has been at the Porter and Chester Institute for six years, and he has worked at various Chevrolet dealerships for 35 years. During that time, Makowsky received a tremendous amount of training from General Motors, including being certified as a GM technician. He first passed all eight Society of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) automotive tests in 1976. Makowsky graduated with honors from Denver Automotive and Diesel College in 1976.

Selection criteria for the Mitchell 1 Educator of the Year award requires that a master automotive technician excel on all ASE automotive tests, including A1 – A8 (Engine Repair, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle, Manual Drive Train and Axles, Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Heating and Air Conditioning, Engine Performance) and the L1 (Advanced Engine Performance Exam).

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