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iATN introduces access for automotive students and teachers

The International Automotive Technicians Network (iATN) has introduced a program that allows automotive instructors to activate iATN’s premium access membership features for their school’s current students and automotive instructors. With this program, instructors and students can use iATN in the classroom to learn from the hundreds of thousands of real-world automotive repair experiences posted on the network. They also can access iATN’s many additional features, including its extensive search engine to search millions of Knowledge Base documents in the FIX Database, Forum Archives and Waveform Library.

The premium access program for schools is available for a single fee of $45 per month, per school location. To take advantage of this new program, the primary account holder should upgrade an existing iATN account to Business+ Premium Membership (http://iatn.me/6My) or join as a new member (http://iatn.me/6MC) and choose the Business+ Premium Membership account type. Once the Business+ account has been activated, students and instructors can be added as sub-accounts by contacting iATN at support@iatn.net or by phone, toll-free 1-877-428-6428.

“Back in 2011, we launched the student membership program that was well received. Since that time, as I’ve visited campuses and spoken with instructors, it became clear that there was more we could do to provide a higher level of access for students. Beginning in January, we designed the new premium access program that brings many of iATN’s valuable assets to the schools for students to take advantage of in the classroom. With this new program, the student has the opportunity to see what's occurring within the industry they are about to enter, which should bring a higher level of preparedness to the individuals taking advantage of this offer,” said Scott Brown, iATN president.

iATN also is lowering the age requirement for student memberships from 18 to 16 years of age to accommodate requests from high school instructors who were interested in using iATN in the classroom, but ineligible due to the age of their students. With student memberships, instructors can easily invite their students onto iATN and within minutes, they will have a “read-only” iATN account to use in the classroom.

Student memberships are available to students who are attending automotive educational training courses at a high school, college, vocational school, or similar, and who are referred by an educator/instructor who is an existing iATN member. The “read only” caveat is in place until students “graduate” to a full membership, at which time they are able to post to iATN. Instructors who would like to invite their students to join iATN should visit: http://iatn.me/6Mx.

As always, instructors can use the iATN Educators Forum to share teaching methodologies with their peers in the automotive education field.

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