Forget your outdated notions about auto mechanics: Today’s industry demands highly skilled technicians who know their way around a computer as well as a car. As a result, qualified auto technicians are in high demand in the rapidly changing world of automotive repair.
The Clark College Dealer Ready Automotive Technology program prepares students for this challenging and rewarding career through a two-year program that creates workplace-ready graduates.
“One hundred percent of our graduates are employed at a dealership,” said Tonia Haney, department head of Clark College’s automotive department.
The way Clark College does that is by helping students get jobs while they’re still in school. The program has relationships with many dealers in the Vancouver and Portland metro area, including Toyota/Lexus, Honda/Acura, Audi, and Dick Hannah Dealers. Each student works at a local dealership and is paired with a mentor while there. They are in class three days a week and can work at the dealership when not in class.
Haney said the program is intensive and hands-on, which not only helps prepare students for work in the industry but also has given the school a solid reputation for preparing work-ready graduates.