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19 First Student Locations Awarded ASE Blue Seal of Excellence

CINCINNATI — First Student is once again recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for maintaining vehicles to the highest safety standards. Nineteen additional company locations have been awarded the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence.

The Blue Seal of Excellence is the highest certification given by the independent nonprofit organization. The achievement recognizes a commitment to recruiting top technicians, supporting their ongoing training, and providing the best equipment for vehicle maintenance.

The latest First Student ASE Blue Seal locations include:

Batavia, N.Y.
Berlin, N.J.
Boonville, Mo.
Danville, Ill.
Fern Ridge, Ore.
Kirkwood, Mo.
Lackawanna, N.Y.
Lawnside, N.J.
Millcreek, Pa.
Picton, Ont. Canada
Port Elgin, Ont. Canada
Prescott, Ont. Canada
Princeton, Ohio
Red Wing, Minn.
Southern York, Pa.
Southern, Pa.
Vashon, Wash.
Warwick, R.I.
Whitecourt, Alb. Canada

These 19 locations are among the more than 120 to have earned Blue Seal status throughout FirstGroup America, the parent company of First Student. The certifications are the most of any transportation company in North America. FirstGroup America also includes First Transit, First Vehicle Services and Greyhound.

“We recognize the importance of putting safe vehicles on the road,” said Todd Hawkins, FirstGroup America senior VP of maintenance. “Our maintenance teams strive to be the best at what they do. Blue Seal shops have the knowledge and training required to diagnose problems precisely and accurately, which helps to reduce vehicle downtime, improve reliability and lower transportation costs.”

ASE was created in 1972 to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals. To earn a Blue Seal of Excellence, at least 75 percent of technicians performing diagnosis and repairs at the location must be ASE certified. In addition, each area of service offered must be covered by at least one ASE-certified technician.

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 five 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, maintenance, and charter services for 1,100 school district contracts. For more information, please visit


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