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Organizations around the globe are getting ready for the 6th annual celebration of #GivingTuesday on November 28th. This worldwide movement of generosity encourages participation from everyone, everywhere to give back however they can, whether it’s lending a hand, volunteering time, giving funds or even donating a car!

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Another Cuyamaca College Automotive “Skills Day” in the Books

by Chris Branton

The 38th annual “Skills Day” Competition with the local high school automotive programs was held May 6th, 2017 at Cuyamaca College Automotive Department. We also had our Cuyamaca students competing against each other. Students arrived at 7:00 a.m. to participate in the half day event in a “Basic” competition for beginning high school students, and an “Advanced” competition for the 2nd-4th year students. Prizes were purchased from automotive funds and donations from ASCCA Local Chapter 24, Napa Auto parts, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts and WPD (World Parts Depot). Volunteers from Automotive Service Counsel of California helped run the competition. Mr. Stuart Terry from Stuart Terry’s Automotive and Mr. Steve Vanlandingham from Van’s Automotive were judges. Many other people from ASCCA, O’Reilly’s and the College automotive staff were here to help judge, score, entertain, and feed the crowd. There also were driving simulators with real sprint cars. Snap-on tools were also awarded to students for the contests; thanks goes to Snap-on tools for the support!

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Automotive Education News – April 28th, 2016

Prizes Galore as Cuyamaca Turns Auto-Tech Students Loose in Contests

Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes will be on the line Saturday, May 7, when Cuyamaca College revs up its annual Automotive Skills Day — showcasing its automotive technology program with high school and college students turning wrenches in head-to-head competition.

The skills contests takes place from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. in the Automotive Technology complex (Building K) followed by a slew of auto- and technology-related activities, games and lunch.

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Justin LewisAutomotive Education News – April 28th, 2016
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Automotive Education News – April 27th, 2016

Lisle’s Universal Technical Institute helps transportation employers incentivize career training

LISLE – As elected officials struggle to fund higher education and expand vocational career training programs, employers in Illinois are working with industry partners to encourage students to complete career training programs at technical schools. Some employers are now offering tuition reimbursement, and other hiring incentives, to help pay for technical education.

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Justin LewisAutomotive Education News – April 27th, 2016
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Automotive Education News – April 25th, 2016

Success Looks Like Me: City students learn about STEM careers

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative’s Success Looks Like Me project is helping some Buffalo Public high school students learn about STEM careers in the automotive world. WBFO’s Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley tells us this program provides low-income, minority students with a chance to interact with local and national leaders of color who are successful adults.

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Justin LewisAutomotive Education News – April 25th, 2016
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Automotive Education News – April 21st, 2016

Automotive program builds good people

GRAND BLANC — When Denny Holt came to Grand Blanc High School in 2011, he wasn’t sure what he had gotten himself into. As the new Automotive Instructor, he had big dreams and goals for the Automotive Program, but was uncertain about what kind of support he would receive.

However, he soon found out the school district was behind him 110 percent. “I told Clarence Garner my first year, if you give me the resources I need, I’ll build the best Automotive Program in the state of Michigan.” And that’s what he has done.

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Justin LewisAutomotive Education News – April 21st, 2016
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Automotive Education News – April 20th, 2016

Volvo Construction Equipment holds educational program

On Wednesday, April 6, approximately 25 students from the automotive program at Broughton High School and the Diesel Tech program at Wilkes Community College visited Volvo Construction Equipment provider ASC Construction Equipment USA LLC in Raleigh, North Carolina, to learn more about how they could be a solution to what has become a near-crisis skills gap in North America.

The event is part of an ongoing partnership between Volvo Construction Equipment North America, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, Volvo dealerships, SkillsUSA, Leesburg, Virginia, and Skills Canada, Ottawa, Ontario—organizations dedicated to improving the quality of North America’s skilled workforce—to bring attention to the skills gap issue in the construction industry.
Justin LewisAutomotive Education News – April 20th, 2016
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Automotive Education News – April 15th, 2016

Toyota donates 45 engines to technical schools in north Alabama

Before Leslie Pitts became a student at Limestone County Career Technical Center, he was working on engines on a small farm where he grew up.

The 10th grader wants to put his experience to work someday by building engines for companies like Toyota’s Huntsville plant, the only Toyota facility in the world to make four-cylinder, V6 and V8 engines under one roof.

Pitts is one of many north Alabama students who will benefit from Toyota’s recent donation of 45 V6 engines to automotive programs in Madison, Limestone, Morgan, Marshall, DeKalb and Cullman counties. Many students in those programs were previously using engines that are 10 years old.

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Justin LewisAutomotive Education News – April 15th, 2016
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Automotive Education News – April 12th, 2016

Local students take home medals in statewide technical-education competition

Chico >> Several local students took home awards from a statewide SkillsUSA competition in San Diego earlier this month.

SkillsUSA, a career and technical education organization serving students in training programs in technical, skilled and service occupations, put on the competition. Nearly 2,000 students competed in various categories from March 31-April 3.

Students from Pleasant Valley High, Chico High and Butte College placed in competitions ranging from engineering technology/design and public speaking to welding and TV production. They were invited to compete after qualifying at regional competitions.

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Justin LewisAutomotive Education News – April 12th, 2016
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Automotive Education News – April 4th, 2016

Schools invest in future workforce

DELAVAN — As unemployment numbers continue to drop and the labor force tightens, the demand for workers in the trades and manufacturing continues to grow.

The future members of that workforce now are in middle school and high school, where they are increasingly exposed to the skills they’ll need.

Legislators and leaders in economic development say developing a skilled workforce is the No. 1 issue facing businesses in Wisconsin.

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Justin LewisAutomotive Education News – April 4th, 2016
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