Automobile Dealers Association Donates to Pierce College Program
The Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association has donated $40,000 to the Automotive Service Technology Program at Los Angeles Pierce College.
Woodland Hills School received the funds last month when the association’s executive director, Bob Smith, presented a check to automotive service technology teachers Alex Villalta and Tom Fortune.
Pierce College acting president Aracely Aguiar said the school was honored to receive support to develop the next generation of automotive service professionals.
“Our automotive service technology program continues to grow thanks to generous donations from organizations such as GLANCDA,” Aguiar said in a statement.
The money will be used to invest in used vehicle training aids, including OBD II compliant vehicles from wholesale auction lots and stick shift vehicles for workshops and manual transmission instructions, such as driving a stick shift in a dealership environment, according to a statement from the association.
The funds will also be allocated for other teaching aids, including materials for the new, expanded Automotive Building, which will open at the college in the fall, according to the statement.
“Cars that can be used as teaching aids are an invaluable resource for our department,” Fortune said in a statement. “We are very grateful for (the association’s) support of Pierce College and the professional automotive industry as a whole.”
Pierce College’s Automotive Service Technology program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to service and repair brakes, suspension systems, electronic systems, emission systems, engine control systems, climate-comfort and all aspects of auto repair, according to the release.