See Also Automotive Career Education
The Automotive Technology program at Ventura College is a Master Certified National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) program. The program primarily offers courses aligned with industry skills designed to prepare students with the skills needed for employment in the aftermarket, dealership, and smog industries. In addition to offering a comprehensive general automotive program, there are specialized programs: the Toyota T-TEN (Toyota's Technical Training and Education Network) program, and a California BAR (Bureau of Automotive Repair) Certified Smog Program.
The program offers courses that range from the basic to advanced levels, cover all automotive content areas as required by NATEF and designed by Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), and are designed to simulate real world faults that emphasize the hands-on skills required to inspect, service, diagnose, and repair current model year vehicles.
Toyota's T-TEN program is a partnership that includes Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc., community colleges, vocational schools, and Toyota and Lexus dealerships across the country. Together, students receive state-of-the-art automotive training in both a classroom and dealership setting. As a T-TEN student, you will learn and earn in a supportive environment while receiving instruction from factory-trained instructors and guidance from dealership mentors. Advanced certifications are earned by T-TEN graduates for completing Toyota-designed courses and for passing National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence certification tests.
This course offers students who are employed in the field an opportunity to expand their work experience related to their field of study. Students are accepted as a result of consultation with a designated faculty member in the discipline and the acceptance of an approved work proposal. This is a paid occupational work experience course, where 1 unit of credit is earned for each 75 hours of paid internship. A maximum of 4 units can be completed in a semester.