On Saturday, May 18, 2019, Suncoast Technical Education Center’s (SunTech) Automotive program hosted a car show called Car Mania. On display were approximately fifty cars. There was food, a DJ, raffle, and an information tent about what the automotive program offers. Monster Transmission helped sponsor the event and Crystal Automotive and Register Chevrolet brought a variety of cars to show.
This event was held as a way to show the public what the program has to offer. “We wanted to be able to expose people, such as students, young adults, and parents to the automotive industry,” Sophia Watson Supervisor of the Adult and Technical program said. The automotive program helps prepare you for jobs in the automotive mechanics' field. With this program, you will learn multiple skills. This program also offers certification and license for automotive service technicians, such as A Brake System Technician, Suspension and Steering Technician, Electrical/Electronic Systems technician and Engine repair technician.
These programs are fully accredited by NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) and
COE (Council on Occupational Education). The program is held four nights a week Monday through Thursday from 4 to 8 P.M. for 66 weeks. Enrollment for the next class course begins on June 1, 2019, and the new term of classes will begin July 22, 2019. Hours will increase to 20 per week from 4pm to 9pm to get students trained quickly.
Monster Transmission has been working with the automotive program since the school started the program. They have also hired many students from the automotive class. “Events like this help us spread the word about the program and give us the opportunity to explain what we do,” said Mike Rowshan Human Resources Manager of Monster Transmission. He added, “We are always looking for new people.” He also said that the program is a great way to expose young people to the industry and to give them an idea of something they may be interested in pursuing.
Crystal Automotive off of Cortez Boulevard brought with them four vehicles to show. They had a Jeep Wrangler, a Dodge Ram truck, Dodge Challenger, and a Dodge Charger. They were all newer vehicles. “We came out to this event because it is a good way to build relationships with the automotive program,” said Ron Roppolo, Sales Manager with Crystal Automotive.
Suncoast Technical Education Center offers many other programs in a variety of careers, you can check out all these courses, what they offer, average salaries of the jobs, and requirements at their website www.sunteched.com, you can call them at 352-797-7091, or stop in at: Suntech main campus at 4057 California Street, Brooksville Florida.
The mission of Suncoast Technical Education Center is to specialize in developing and promoting innovative programs for their students to meet the evolving needs of the community.
Editor Note: Corrections were made to remove a program location and requirements for completion and add information about the increase in hours.