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Student Memberships Now Available on iATN!
Posted to Educators' Forum on 7/14/2011 15 Replies

Hello Educators and Instructors!

We are excited to announce that we have developed a way for automotive students to join iATN, through a new "student membership" program.

One of the longest-running requests from educators and instructors on iATN is, "How can we get our students on here?" The primary roadblock has been that students are not eligible for iATN, due to our requirement that a member have at least 4 years of automotive industry experience, or an ASE certification, or both. Dropping those requirements so that students can join would not have been a good option for our existing members, who are used to interacting on iATN with fellow professionals.

We now offer a "student membership" to iATN. Your students are eligible for this type of membership if they are 18+ years of age, attending automotive educational training courses (whether it be college, vocational, or similar), and referred by you or another educator/instructor that is an existing member of iATN. This last part is key -- students must be referred to iATN by educators and instructors like you, in order to be guaranteed acceptance in iATN.

Student memberships have almost the same privileges as regular membership accounts, with one caveat: they are "read-only." Your students will be able to login to iATN, read through the hundreds of thousands of forum discussions (including all of the waveforms and other files found therein), TechHelp requests and fixes, OEM information, and the rest of the information found on iATN. They can even upgrade to a premium membership and search the iATN Knowledge Base to assist in their studies of real-world repair cases. But they will not be able to post to iATN until they "graduate" to a full membership.

Once a student member meets our full membership requirements (4 years of work experience in the automotive industry, and/or ASE certification), they will be able to transition easily to a full membership. All they must do is update their contact information through the account settings area, with the name and contact information of their new employer and their ASE credential information.

Click here to create a student membership referral link now!

We are interested in your feedback on this new type of membership, how you and your students use it, and whether or not you're having any trouble with how it's currently setup. This is just the beginning, and over time we look forward to more ways we will be able to work with you and other educators to make iATN more useful and accessible to up-and-coming automotive professionals.

Thank you for your hard work, the automotive industry cannot continue to progress without you!

Scott Brown
Brea, California, USA

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