County Supervisors Recognize Oxnard College Auto Tech Program

Ventura County Board of Supervisors Recognize Partnership between Oxnard College and County of Ventura Fleet Operations for Automotive Technology Program

Oxnard College Dean of Career Technical Education Christina Tafoya (3rd from Left), Ventura County Community College District Chancellor Greg Gillespie (4th from Left), VCCCD Board Vice Chair Arturo Hernández (7th from left), County of Ventura Board Supervisor John C. Zaragoza, Chair (center), Oxnard College Automotive Technology program staff (Jeff Hiben (1st from left), Kevin Corse (2nd from left), Jose Ortego (5th from left), Rich Williams (2nd from right), Anthony Diaz-Brown (center right) and students.

During its public meeting Tuesday, August 1, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors recognized the partnership between Oxnard College and the County of Ventura Fleet Operations Department for the Oxnard College Automotive Department.  Following a brief presentation on the history of the program by County of Ventura General Services Agency Director David Sasek, Supervisor John C. Zaragoza, Chair, 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,” stated VCCCD 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.”

“We value the collaboration with the Fleet Operations Department,” Tafoya added.  “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,” she said. 

The School-to-Work program at Oxnard College was initiated by automotive program instructors Jeff Hiben and Richard Williams in 2014.  The School-to-Work program was approved in 2015; it includes the Automotive Technology and Auto Body and Fender Repair programs; they are 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 in Saticoy, East Valley or the Government Center.

“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,” stated County of Ventura Fleet Services Manager Peter Bednar. “I am honored to be on the Automotive Technology Advisory Board and planning for the future of the curriculum.  I am excited to support the School-to-Work internship program because it takes students to the next level and that is what future employers will be looking for – talented vocational students,” said Bednar

County of Ventura General Services Agency Director David Sasek (far left), County of Ventura Fleet Services Manager Peter Bednar, Oxnard College Advisory Board member (far right), and program students Anahe Partida, Heather Evjen, Daniel Calderon, Matthew Gallegos and Esteban Rodriguez (L-R front row).

Located in Ventura County, Oxnard College is an accredited California community college (part of the Ventura County Community College District), providing approximately 7000 students a year with academically excellent undergraduate study and career technical education programs. Students may choose from more than 60 academic disciplines, culminating in transfer degrees, associate degrees and certificates. Oxnard College has strong transfer partnerships with University of California, California State University and private universities and colleges. To learn more, please visit www.oxnardcollege.edu


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