Congratulations to our Career Technical Education (CTE) Automotive Technology program and its exceptional instructors – Jeff Hiben, Richard Williams, and Anthony Diaz-Brown – recently recognized by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.
During its August 1, 2017 public meeting, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors recognized the partnership between Oxnard College and the County of Ventura Fleet Operations Department. Following a brief presentation on the history of the program by County General Services Agency Director David Sasek, Supervisor John Zaragoza presented certificates of recognition to Ventura County Community College District Board Vice Chair Arturo Hernández, Oxnard College Dean of Career Technical Education Christina Tafoya, program instructors and students.
“We thank County Supervisor Zaragoza and Peter Bednar for this recognition and their support of the Oxnard College Automotive Department,” said college district Chancellor Greg Gillespie. “This program is a model for aligning education and industry to develop curriculum that lead students on the path to viable employment and career opportunities.”
Tafoya said: “We value the collaboration with the Fleet Operations Department. Together, we’ve developed the school-to-work internship program that introduces students to employment opportunities with the county while they earn credits towards an associate of science or certificate of achievement in automotive technology or auto body and fender repair.”
The school-to-work program at Oxnard College was initiated by automotive program instructors Jeff Hiben and Richard Williams in 2014. It includes the automotive technology and auto body and fender repair programs, two-year degree or certificate programs that prepare students to enter the automotive industry as entry-level technicians and provides continuous improvement training to technicians already employed in the industry.
Through the school-to-work program, students work four hours per day as they continue their classes at Oxnard College; they are assigned to work at one of three sites that Fleet Operations supports.
“I have had such a great experience working with talented faculty and students at Oxnard College. This program was a vision that became a reality, and I hope we can expand programs like this with both public and private businesses in the future,” said county Fleet Services Manager Peter Bednar.