Eastern Welcomes Jay Crites as Automotive Technology Faculty

Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College has hired former student, Jerimiah (Jay) Crites, as an Instructional Specialist/Automotive Technology Faculty.  

As Automotive Technology Faculty, Crites’ primary duties include teaching and assessing learning, institutional service, and advising. He will also oversee the overall development, coordination, implementation and scheduling in the area of automotive technology, recruit, mentor, evaluate and schedule adjunct faculty and teaching assistants for automotive technology courses, and recruit students throughout the six-county district.  

After graduating from the Automotive Technology program at Eastern in 2013, Crites completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from West Virginia University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Liberty University. Crites served as a Counselor at Hardy County Schools and the Head Basketball Coach at East Hardy Early Middle School for three years. Crites previously worked as a Certified Ford Technician at Weimer Ford in Moorefield, where he performed work and repairs with efficiency while exceeding dealership expectations, tested components and systems using diagnostic tools and special service equipment, and diagnosed, maintained, and repaired vehicle automotive systems including engine, transmission, electrical steering, suspension, brakes, air conditioning. 

“By hiring Jay Crites as a full-time Automotive Technology Instructor, Eastern has found a dedicated educator who always puts his students first and looks forward to supplying the service region with trained auto technicians,” said Curtis Hakala, Dean of Teaching and Learning. The Automotive Technology program at Eastern was recently relaunched and is currently enrolling students. 

Within his new role, Crites looks forward to teaching and mentoring students as it is something he has always enjoyed doing and considers it a “dream come true” to be doing that in the field of automotive technology. Crites currently resides in Wardensville and enjoys reading, playing games both on- and off-screen, building and programming computers, boxing, and learning new things.