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First Student Leads in Maintenance Locations with the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence
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First Student Leads in Maintenance Locations with the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence

June 27, 2017

Demonstrating a commitment to setting the highest standards, First Student announces 19 locations have recently earned the Blue Seal of Excellence. The Blue Seal is given by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). To receive ASE’s Blue Seal of Excellence, 75 percent of the service technicians at a location must be certified by ASE. In addition, there must be a certified technician in each area of service offered.

The 19 First Student locations received ASE’s Blue Seal certification for their achievement in recruiting the best employees, supporting their training, and providing the best equipment to maintain the vehicles.

The latest First Student ASE Blue Seal locations include:

Belvidere, Ill. Lower Moreland, Pa. Urbana, Ill.
Benton Harbor, Mich. Miami Valley, Ohio Valley View, Ohio
Edwardsville, Ill. Pine Bush, N.Y. Walden, N.Y.
Englishtown, N.J. Prairie View, Ill. Wausau, Wis.
Falmouth, Mass. Rockaway Beach, Ore. Winona, Minn.
Flint, Mich. Schaumburg, Ill.
Lafayette, N.J. Tolono, Ill.

These locations are among the more than 100 to have achieved Blue Seal status throughout First Student, the parent company of First Student. This is the most of any transportation company in North America. First Student also includes First Transit, First Vehicle Services and Greyhound.

“Our maintenance teams recognize the impact of the work they do every day,” says Todd Hawkins, First Student senior vice president of maintenance. “The Blue Seal certification demonstrates our teams’ knowledge and training that’s required to diagnose problems precisely and accurately. Our goal is to maintain the vehicles properly and to the highest safety standards.”

ASE, an independent nonprofit organization, was created in 1972 to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals. The Blue Seal of Excellence is the highest certification level given by the organization.

About First Student, Inc. As the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student strives to provide the best start and finish to every school day. First Student completes six million student journeys each day, moving more passengers than all U.S. airlines combined. With a team of highly-trained drivers and the industry’s strongest safety record, First Student delivers reliable, quality services including full-service transportation and management, special-needs transportation, route optimization and scheduling, and charter services for 1,200 school district contracts. For more information, please visit