Auto tech students visit CCAC

DEMONSTRATION — Automotive service tech students at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School toured the Community College of Allegheny County, where they viewed the automotive program. Juniors and seniors viewed classes and dynamometer demonstrations. - Contributed

BLOOMINGDALE — Twenty-seven juniors and seniors in the automotive service tech program at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School toured a local trade school to gear up for their future.

Instructor Ron Reasoner and his students visited the Community College of Allegheny County on March 31 and toured the technical branch, which includes welding, air conditioning and automotive.

“Our main focus was the General Motors, Ford and Chrysler programs,” Reasoner said. “The instructors provide information to work on programs at the dealership level. It gives students a chance to learn at a heightened level, so when they leave they are 80 percent trained on the GM, Ford and Chrysler path. The dealership only needs to train them on 20 percent of the job because they are already skilled.”

It was the third year the JVS has participated in the tour, and students visited specialized programs in the field. GM offers the Automotive Service Education Program, while Ford provides the Automotive Student Service Education Training and Chrysler has the Career Automotive Program. Students learned about the various programs and saw on-site demonstrations. One area involved a 2014 Corvette on a dynamometer that measures force, torque and horsepower and simulates a quarter-mile drag run.

“One of the things I like about the school is that graduates can obtain a job at a GM, Ford or Chrysler dealership. The benefit is the college gets you a job because they are directly affiliated with the manufacturer,” Reasoner said, noting that some JVS alumni have gone on to find success in the workplace. “I have had five graduates go on to CCAC and find jobs at a dealership and become successfully skilled in the automotive industry.”

CCAC provides degrees, apprenticeships, certificates and diplomas in ASEP-ASSET-CAP manufacturing trade technology and automotive technology.

Reasoner said his students will take one final tour for the school year to the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima on May 5. UNOH has programs for the automotive industry, automotive business and diesel.