Automotive Technology T-TEN Program Gets High Marks

(Mesquite, TX) – The Eastfield College Automotive Technology Department recently completed a validation process conducted by the Toyota Technician Education Network (T-TEN). Two years ago the Eastfield T-TEN Program joined forces with a consortium of six other T-TEN schools (Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis; Miramar College, San Diego; College of Alameda, Alameda, California; Gateway Community & Technical College, Covington, Kentucky; Weber State University, Ogden, Utah and Jefferson Technical College, Louisville, Kentucky) across the nation to address local dealer concerns and suggestions for improvement. The Validation process is the culmination of this project to develop a student learning outcomes based curriculum and develop operational processes to better serve AUMT students and supporting dealerships in the area.

T-Ten Program

(L-R) Curt Jenkins Eastfield T-TEN Program Director; Jeremy Bramall Eastfield T-TEN Faculty; Dr. Lindle Grigsby, Dean of Workforce and Community Development; Curt Liston, Eastfield T-TEN Faculty; George Colletti, T-TEN Area Manager; Kevin Booth, T-TEN Program and Curriculum Specialist; Gerald Kozlowski Eastfield Career Technologies Division Dean and Dan Lee, Gulf States Toyota Director of Training.

Under the guidance of Kevin Booth, a curriculum and program design expert employed by T-TEN, faculty members Curt Liston and Jeremy Bramall have completely re-written the T-TEN Program lecture and lab course work. The curriculum focuses on student learning outcomes that will enhance analytical and problem solving skills. Extensive laboratory worksheets have been hand written to challenge the student’s ability to understand, diagnose, and repair complex automotive systems.

Program Director Curt Jenkins has focused on the administrative aspects of the project. The rigor of the program demands that applicants be screened extensively. Minimum college entrance exam scores and mechanical aptitude testing are required. Only career minded students are admitted to the program. High School recruiting, dealership visits, program reporting processes, and student progress and advising, both in class and on the job are all improved to better serve the students and community of dealerships that support the program.

The validation of the T-TEN program represents a quantum leap forward in the quality of Automotive Technology training at Eastfield College. T-TEN National Director Rick Lester expressed his appreciation to all the Eastfield faculty and staff who made this success possible.

T-TEN is a partnership between Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., community colleges and vocational schools, and Toyota and Lexus dealerships. Its mission is to support Toyota and Lexus dealership success by providing skilled entry-level service and parts personnel. To learn more visit www.t-ten.com.

For more information, contact Curt Jenkins at 972-860-7128 or email curtjenkins@dcccd.edu.

Eastfield College, one of the seven Dallas County Community Colleges, is located at 3737 Motley Drive in Mesquite, just north of I-30.