Case estimates that approximately 70 percent of the technicians at DCH Toyota of Oxnard are graduates of the Ventura College Program. Case himself graduated from the program at Ventura College back in 1994 and
"Everything we teach and all of our equipment is state of the art and currently being used in dealerships and independent repair shops," he said. "We are training students for jobs that are not going away.
"Having a hands on component really helps them to learn," said Cawelti.
"People that can repair things are not going to be unemployed."
The Oxnard College program tends to focus on the Ford, General Motors, Air Max Tavas Black And Orange Honda and Chrysler/Jeep line up of vehicles, whereas, Ventura College has an agreement with Toyota to help train students. Toyota has donated 35 vehicles and current high tech equipment to the program like the Toyota TIS Techstream and several laptop computers. The same equipment is currently being used in high tech Toyota shops.
Cawelti has taught at the college for the past four years and has an economics degree from Fresno State. He couldn't imagine the idea of sitting behind a desk for the remainder of his working Nike Air Max 2015 Us Price
If the work they desire is in the automotive industry, there's no better place to begin their career than at Oxnard or Ventura college, both which offer the Auto Technician Program.
According to van Nieuwburg, Toyota rated more than 60 training programs and the Ventura program was rated No. 5 in the nation.
"The auto program offers an opportunity to everyone," he said. "It's a huge industry with room to advance. The only thing that holds a student back is their desire to not want to continue moving forward."
"I love teaching the kids," said Cawelti. "Students realize that they can't make it on minimum wage. When they complete the program and graduate, students can make $20 Nike Air Max Thea 1
The classes are designed to be convenient to students that are currently working, but want to change into a higher paying skilled profession. for the convenience of the student who works days.
When it comes to an education, one size does not fit all. Some students choose the path of academics and some desire a training program so they can begin to acquire skills and start to make money right away.
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"I can't say enough good things about the Auto Tech program at Ventura College," said Chris Case, parts and service manager for DCH Toyota of Oxnard and DCH Toyota of Simi Valley. "It's an incredible program. I would hire a graduate of the program in Ventura over a graduate of a professional automotive trade school."
In a setting that was modeled after an automotive service center, Javier Ortiz works on an alignment rack. Danielle Flores, a one year student of the program, works with Ronnie Perez on the Hunter Road Force balancer. Another student was looking up information on the computer about setting up a timing belt.
started out as an intern technician.
To qualify for the program, a student has to be at least 18 and have a high school diploma. Currently, there is a waiting list for each of the classes at both Oxnard and Ventura college.
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local automotive industry. Many of the graduates work for local dealerships throughout the community.
"The students work on brand new engines and use current technology," said Rockwood. He has been with the program at Ventura College for the past 29 years.
Programs at the two colleges are two years in duration. Chuck Rockwood, the instructor at Ventura College, boasts of having a 100 percent placement rate. Andy Cawelti, automotive instructor at Oxnard College, didn't have any specific numbers however he did say his brightest and best students currently all are employed.
With the cost of tuition at $20 per unit, the two year program will cost approximately $3,000 when completed. And to make it easier on the student, tuition assistance is available.
The program at Oxnard College will take 30 students for each semester and, with a teaching assistant, the student to teacher ratio is 15 1. The students are exposed to both classroom and actual hands on study in the diagnosing and repair of automobiles.
At some private automotive schools, the price can run upwards of 10 times that amount.
career as an accountant. Ten years before teaching, he was a lead diagnostics technician for a dealership and is an ASE certified master technician.
to $25 per hour. Many master technicians can make upwards of $100,000."
"The Oxnard College Program is excellent," said Frank Roos, service and parts director for Steve Thomas BMW of Camarillo. "We have one Oxnard College graduate that's completed BMW's STEP program. He's been a reliable and excellent employee."
"Out of the 23 or so technicians employed at Ventura Toyota, almost all came out of the Ventura program," said Rob van Nieuwburg, parts and service director for Ventura Toyota. "It's very rewarding to see these young people bloom into qualified technicians. I'm very passionate about this program."
Topics covered at both colleges include brakes, steering and suspension, electrical, engine performance, engines, transmissions, and heating and air conditioning.
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