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Growing MPC Automotive Technology Program Needs Cars

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

MONTEREY, CA—July 7, 2011—The Automotive Technology Program at Monterey Peninsula College offers a Certificate of Achievement in Automotive Technology and serves 60 students. This growing program is seeking donations of four-cylinder Japanese cars, 1996 or newer, to enable a smaller car-to-student ratio.

Upon completion of the program, students ASE certified (a valuable designation from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) which is often a requirement for employment in the automotive industry.

In view of changing automotive technology and limited fuel sources, this program includes training on hybrid engines. Additionally, MPC’s Hybrid Service Technology Certificate program trains existing and new mechanics while addressing the need for trained Hybrid technicians. The program has Toyota Prius, purchased through grant funds several years ago, and is in need of other hybrid cars of any make to strengthen the program.

Those interested in donating a vehicle, either four-cylinder Japanese cars or hybrid cars, are encouraged to contact the MPC Foundation at (831) 655-5507 or e-mail: MPCFoundationInfo@mpc.edu.

The MPC Certificate program in Automotive Technology is one of 46 certificates offered on campus that enable students to gain first-time job skills, to re-tool, or to receive advanced or continued training.

The Monterey Peninsula College Foundation advances the educational experience of students, faculty, and staff of the Monterey Peninsula College by raising funds for student scholarships, instructional and library materials, professional development for faculty and staff, facilities improvements and academic programs.

The Foundation is committed to the concept that education is the means by which people may reach their full potential.