Thanks to The City of Perris Redevelopment Agency for financing the construction of the Auto Training Center. With the tremendous cutbacks and budget cuts here in California in public education, “over the past 10 years, we have cut many vocational programs” stated Jonathan Greenberg, Superintendent of PUSHUD.
Three years ago Brian Moore from American Honda met with MSJC Automotive Technology Department and the Dean of Career and Technical Education recommending we setup satellite training centers as a way of reaching out to the community and High Schools within various Honda and Acura dealerships. The MSJC Automotive Department met with 12 High Schools in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties signing articulation agreements, providing High school instructors with Express Service training from American Honda and granting access to Honda Online University. This partnership laid the foundation for the Satellite Automotive Training Program.
Our meetings with Carl Coggins from Diamond Valley Honda, Perris High School and MSJC Automotive Department, resulted in Perris High School officials requesting support from the City of Perris. This gave birth to a joint venture between MSJC and the City of Perris to establish a Vocational training Center. “MSJC has partnered with Perris for many years and the resulting interest in Automotive Technology, created a natural progression to work together” said MSJC President, Dr. Roger Shultz.
“This program brings immediate value. Programs like this help define the next generation of car servicers. This was a great opportunity that unveiled itself”, said Dr. Shultz.
“Career Tech is important to students Statewide; not all kids will go to college. This program provides a pathway for High School students. Training while in High School provides a segway for the job” (Express Tech at Honda/Acura dealerships) said Assemblyman Brian Nestande. (64th Assembly District)
“This is another great example of the City of Perris participating in a joint venture for the benefit of our residents,” Mayor Busch said. “This will provide another venue of education for our community. It will provide training for life skills that will prove useful.”
MSJC provided resources for a smart room for instruction and equipped the shop with sixteen computers. Tools, cars, Online University access and equipment provided by American Honda.
Mayor Daryl Busch and Trustee Ann Motte, with Representatives of all
partners present, cut the ribbon on the new Perris Technology Center,
a venue he said will provide real-world job experience to students
interested in becoming Automotive technicians.
Perris Training Facility (left) Auto Shop with Honda & Acura vehicles (right)
Team work between MSJC and City of Perris officials.