TECHNOLOGY DRIVES CARS TOO
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Published on Mon, Dec 1, 2003
By: The LACar Editorial Staff
by DERRICK LIM exclusively for LA CARÃ¢â€žÂ¢
Having just arrived in June 2003, the $125,000, 20-foot
long Professional Automotive Training Center (PATC) made its most auspicious
Marvin Linville (M-R), flanked by students from ARC (Derrick Lim photo)
Trailered by a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV and touted as the only mobile state of the art auto lab of its kind in the state, the PATC is an outreach and recruiting tool aimed at area high school students. The brightly wrapped attention getting mobile trailer with sponsorship logos and matching truck is replete with the latest working models of advanced automotive systems - e.g., engine performance, brakes, air conditioning, electrical, electronics.
Each unit is designed to teach students how the system works properly, and then test their knowledge and understanding with system failure scenarios. The ultimate goal of this interactive we want you recruiting approach is to get high school students excited about pursuing an automotive technician career at the community college level.
According to Marvin Linville, Coordinator/Instructor at
The Automotive Service Excellence, or ASE Certification, is the standard by which car dealers measure auto technicians. The ASE certification is so coveted says Linville that auto dealers have an attractive salary differential for auto technicians with these certifications. Career oriented automotive technicians have the earning potential of $75,000 per year.
David Alaniz and Tomas Rios are two students enrolled in
the automotive technician program at American River College (ARC).
Alaniz, 23, is from
Rios, 31, is a returning student pursuing a career change.
Having worked at a steel plant in
In addition to general automotive technician instruction
offered at all three campuses, ARC offers specialized Toyota T-10 training, and
The vision for the mobile trailer came from John McCormack,
CVNCDA is comprised of 76 new car dealers as far north as
The PATC website, www.patc.biz, is another example of the close working relationship with the three community colleges. Auto Technician majors can post their resumes on the website for prospective employers, and CVNCDA dealers can post job openings for students to check out as well. Linville exhorted the demand for ASE certified auto technicians is so high in the central valley area right now, Sierra College posted 35 job openings from CVNCDA car dealers last week.
For the 2003-2004 school year, CVNCDA contributed over $300,000 in scholarships and equipment to three community colleges and eighteen area high schools. The proceeds from the 2003 Sacramento International Auto Show promise to raise the total amount even higher for automotive education at the community college and high school level.
For more information on CVNCDA, contact Castle Communications at (916) 635-2728.