Posted on: Sep 23, 2013 1:00:00 AM
Contact: Della Elliott (619) 644-7690 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cuyamaca College students with ambitions of well-paying jobs in the automotive service industry have reason to celebrate.
Local General Motors and ACDelco service centers are once again partnering with Cuyamaca College to sponsor a highly-regarded training program that alternates classroom instruction on automotive repair with on-the-job training. The GM Automotive Service Education Program, or GM ASEP, had been offered at Cuyamaca for more than two decades, but it was suspended in 2009 when the recession forced scores of auto dealerships out of business. The economic uptick has allowed resumption of the program -- the only one of its kind offered in San Diego County -- that offers students two-year paid internships at service centers.
An orientation for students accepted into the program is one of the mid-semester short-term classes Cuyamaca College is offering starting Oct. 14. (See list, below for additional classes.) Registration is now open for all eight-week classes offered at both Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges. Students can sign up online using WebAdvisor by clicking here.
“The GM training program is an excellent example of Cuyamaca College’s commitment to provide the quality of workforce training that today’s employers are demanding,” college President Mark J. Zacovic said. “For the GM dealerships, hiring our students is an advantage because they know they are developing highly capable automotive technicians with the know-how, talent and professionalism to keep satisfied customers returning for business.”
Although more than a dozen GM dealerships have closed in San Diego County since 2008, Chris Branton, head of the college’s automotive technology program, is relying on the program’s history of success and Cuyamaca’s excellent reputation to convince the remaining shops to hire his students as entry-level trainees.
Cuyamaca, whose auto tech program was named a Top 20 finalist for 2011 School of the Year by a national industry magazine, is one of six colleges statewide to offer ASEP, a 52.5-unit program that earns graduates an Associate of Science degree with the completion of 22 additional general education credits. Students undergo an intense six-semester program with no summers off, but with a 99 percent employment rate among graduates, the program can boast one of the highest degree-completion rates at Cuyamaca College. Another payoff is that graduates typically earn $60,000 annually as journeymen certified technicians after less than five years’ experience.
For more information on the GM ASEP program, contact Branton at (619) 660-4213.
Earn credits quickly
If you missed the start of classes in August or just didn’t get the classes you needed, Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges are offering another opportunity with a second series of eight-week classes from Oct. 14 to Dec. 9, 2013. The credit courses are offered at the same cost as regular semester-length classes -- $46 per unit. Most classes are three units, costing $138, plus books and fees. The short-term courses are a quick, efficient way to satisfy general education course requirements or to get workforce training to advance one’s career.
Cuyamaca’s short-term classes include:
At Grossmont College, the short-term classes include:
For more information about Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges, go to www.gcccd.edu