Partnership to offer new path into the workplace and address skills shortage
SAN PABLO, Calif. (Aug. 17, 2018) – Toyota’s Technician Training & Education Network (T-TEN) and Contra Costa College announced a new partnership on August 16 which will boost education and job growth, and address the need for talented and qualified automotive technicians across Northern California.
As an industry leading automotive technician training program, T–TEN helps to develop and place thousands of factory certified technicians in challenging, rewarding and well-paid positions in automotive dealerships, across the U.S. The T-TEN program typically offers a class size of 20 to 25 students per year and leverages Toyota's industry-leading training with both a classroom and hands-on laboratory setting over a period of 24 months. The training also includes a paid internship experience for students at a local dealership as they pursue certifications for Toyota and Lexus vehicles.
Through this new partnership, an initial cohort of 16 students will receive structured and rigorous training at Contra Costa College, which has been recognized previously for its Automotive Services program, receiving a Silver Strong Workforce Star recognition for substantial increases in student earnings and the attainment of living wage jobs for graduates.
“Through Toyota’s T-TEN program, students will get Toyota factory training with hands-on paid internships, which will give them the opportunity for living wage jobs and/or career advancement after graduation,” said Interim Dean, Library, Allied Health, Vocational Education & Athletics Division at Contra Costa College, Lucile Beatty. “This partnership will provide additional opportunities for our faculty to stay current with technological advancements in the automotive industry, and Bay Area Toyota dealerships will have a constant stream of Toyota T-TEN graduates to employ. It’s a win-win-win partnership.”
“The job market for technicians is expected to grow exponentially, but the automotive service industry faces a number of issues which compound the skills gap. By partnering with stand-out institutions such as Contra Costa College, the T-TEN program addresses this need and ensures local dealers have a source of highly trained, entry-level technicians,” said Tom Trisdale of Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). “Furthermore, many T-TEN graduates have embraced Toyota’s culture of continuous learning, moving beyond the technician role and growing into advanced roles at Toyota, making this an attractive career path for ambitious graduates.”
The partnership was launched on Thursday, August 16, during an event at Contra Costa College in San Pablo. Contra Costa College President Dr. Katrina VanderWoude, TMNA executives, Executive Vice Chancellor of Education and Technology at Contra Costa Community College District Mojdeh Mehdizadeh and local Toyota dealer principals were present, as well as representatives from local officials’ offices. During the event, Dr. Katrina VanderWoude discussed the program’s potential to function as a model for future innovative public/private partnerships supporting both education and workforce outcomes. Tours were also given to attendees demonstrating the facilities where students will receive intense instruction on diagnosing and repairing Toyota and Lexus vehicles.
T-TEN was launched in 1986 to provide a strong pipeline of talented, career-minded, highly trained service technicians for Toyota and Lexus dealerships. In order to enter the program, students must demonstrate a passion for the career and an aptitude to learn the skills necessary to perform as a service bay technician. T-TEN has placed over 23,000 certified technicians in the service departments of nearly 1,500 dealerships around the country. Today Toyota is partnered with 38 programs across the USA.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.
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About Costa Costa College
Contra Costa College is one of three colleges in the Contra Costa Community College District and currently serves almost 10,000 students annually. Since 1948, CCC has provided exemplary educational services to residents from the greater West County area, and is proud of its diverse student body and commitment to individual student success. The college’s Center for Science Excellence, The Advocate student newspaper, Middle College High School, and degree and certificate programs in fields such as automotive services, nursing, and culinary arts are known through the state and the nation.