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Automotive Education News – April 1st, 2016

Georgia school focuses on skills local employers say they need

The Carroll County College and Career Academy in west Georgia serves students from high schools all over the county. They come to it for what’s called, these days, “Career and Technical Education.” In addition to auto repair and welding, students learn IT skills and video production.

Seventeen-year-old Ivie Newton studies auto mechanics there. “This is our shop room,” she said, giving a short tour of her classroom, which is pretty much an auto shop. “Sadly, our lift is broken is over there, but we do everything hands-on out here.”

Newton said after high school she plans on going to the technical college next door, then working on cars.

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Kate PeyserAutomotive Education News – April 1st, 2016
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Automotive Education News – March 30th, 2016

Amistad High named a model school by California Superintendent

State Superintendent Tom Torlakson named Amistad High School in Indio a “model continuation high school” for the sixth consecutive time, a designation the school will carry for the next three years.

Amistad, a school with about 300 students in Desert Sands Unified School District, is one of 37 continuation school to receive the designation this year. A continuation school is an alternative high school diploma program for students 16 years or older who are at risk of not graduating due to a lack of credits, family circumstances or the need to have a flexible schedule because of a job outside of school, according to the California Department of Education.

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Kate PeyserAutomotive Education News – March 30th, 2016
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Automotive Education News – March 23rd, 2016

Business Leaders Push For More Career And Technical Education In Arizona

The Arizona Board of Education, acting in its capacity as the State Board for Vocational and Technological Education, toured West-MEC’s campus in north Phoenix, where Director C.J. Williams ran through programs ranging from automotive repair to veterinary science.

“We do have real animals that we board on site,” he said. “We work with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and Pinal County Animal Care and Control.”

West-MEC’s programs fall under the umbrella known as career and technical education, or CTE. Typically, high school students spend half a day at a traditional campus and the other half at a campus offering CTE.

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Kate PeyserAutomotive Education News – March 23rd, 2016
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ASCEF Reports Impressive Fundraising Numbers for Cars for Careers Project in Month of March

SACRAMENTO – The Automotive Services Council Educational Foundation (ASCEF) today announced that their Cars for Careers Project, which helps fund scholarships for students pursuing a career in the automotive industry, has raised a total of $9,600 in the first half of March.

“Our Cars for Careers Project has enjoyed overwhelming success, thanks in large part to all of the auto shop owners across California who have opened their doors to serve as vehicle donation centers, and the individuals who donate their cars,” said ASCEF Chair Mary Kemnitz. “They are a wonderful example to the young men and women who will serve as the future of the automotive industry.”

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Kate PeyserASCEF Reports Impressive Fundraising Numbers for Cars for Careers Project in Month of March
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Automotive Education News – March 7th, 2016

Road To Great Technicians Needs Industry Buy-in
NASTF Press Release

OVERLAND PARK, KS (March 4, 2016) – “Building the Road to GREAT Technicians” was the featured topic of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) Spring 2016 General Meeting, Wednesday, March 2, 2016 in Overland Park, Kansas. “The automotive service industry has been very good to me, but I won’t recommend it to my daughters for their career,” said Kevin FitzPatrick, President of Autologic Diagnostics. “And it’s not because of the pay scale. It’s because it’s disorganized and doesn’t take advantage of the most talented kids that come to us.” On this topic Rob Morrell, Training Director for WORLDPAC moderated a series of presentations from experts…

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Kate PeyserAutomotive Education News – March 7th, 2016
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Automotive Education News – March 1st, 2016

Career and Technical Education department hosts Open House

The Career and Technical Education Division of Rio Hondo had an open house on Feb. 27, where interested college and high school students attended to see what the division has to offer.

With millions of people joining the workforce or gaining higher education, it has been harder to discover what people want to do and how to achieve it.

The open house was from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and had several different sessions, displaying the programs the available programs, such as: Architecture, Landscape Architecture and GIS, Civil Design Technology and Engineering Design Drafting, Automotive Technology, Alternative Energy Technology/Electronics/Home auditing and a basic seminar on student success in the CTE.

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Kate PeyserAutomotive Education News – March 1st, 2016
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Automotive Education News – February 25th, 2016

State legislators compete in automotive skills challenge

As part of Career Technical Education Day at the Arizona Capitol, Universal Technical Institute (NYSE: UTI) pitted members of the state House and Senate in an automotive skills challenge to showcase the hands-on skills needed by transportation technicians.

In Arizona, 52 percent of all job openings since 2010 have been in the middle-skills category, which requires more education than a high-school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree, according to the National Middle Skills Coalition. Yet the market lacks qualified professional technical service workers to fill these vacancies.

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Kate PeyserAutomotive Education News – February 25th, 2016
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Automotive Education News – February 19th, 2016

Local alumni master automotive and diesel

Visalia native Christian Sanchez and Steven Cortez from Tulare both recently graduated from the Sacramento Campus of Universal Technical Institute.

Sanchez attended El Diamante High School before completing the Automotive and Diesel Training programs at UTI. He received several Student of the Course honors, which are awarded to the student with the highest grade in a given course.

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Kate PeyserAutomotive Education News – February 19th, 2016
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Automotive Education News – February 16th, 2016

California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris’ Statement on Newly Proposed Community College Partnership Tax Credit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris issued the following statement on a proposed Community College Partnership Tax Credit, introduced today by the Department of Education:

“I enthusiastically applaud President Barack Obama’s administration for creating a tax credit plan that will simultaneously strengthen community college workforce programs and give students the training and skills they need to move into good-paying jobs,” said Harris. “The demand for skilled workers in California, and across the country, is constantly growing. This proposal is a victory for both employers and employees to help close the skills gap and fulfill local, regional and state labor market needs.” 

Under the proposed Community College Partnership Tax Credit, employers would bolster community college programs with contributions like equipment, curriculum designs and instructors. Once a student completes a qualifying program, employers would be eligible for a one-time, $5,000 tax credit for hiring them full-time. A total of $500 million in credits would be available for each of five years, from 2017 through 2021.

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Kate PeyserAutomotive Education News – February 16th, 2016
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