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ERIC Number: ED356833
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar-24
Pages: 13
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The Partnership for Today That Works for Tomorrow: The Professional Automotive Training Center at Shoreline Community College.
Hightower, Cameron
The Professional Automotive Training Center (PATC) is a 28,150 square foot automotive technician training center located on the campus of Shoreline Community College (SCC) in Washington. The complex is the result of a partnership between SCC and the 230 automotive dealerships of the Puget Sound Automotive Dealers Association and is designed to provide comprehensive, competency-based and career-oriented workforce training under conditions that duplicate the actual working environment of a modern car dealership. Under the sponsorship of dealerships, students in PATC programs alternate quarters of academic study with on-site work at the dealership, an arrangement which has yielded a 100% employment rate for program completers. The PATC's largest offering is in automotive technician training, although the Center also offers training in all dealership support departments, including finance and insurance, parts management, warranty claims, dealership accounting, and automotive detailing. While sales training classes are offered, the PATC does not itself sell cars. The PATC also offers a wide variety of upgrading and retraining programs for dealership personnel. Primary funding for PATC's construction was raised privately through the efforts of the Shoreline College Foundation, a non-profit corporation. Additional funding came through the private-sector sale of special "certificates of participation," authorized by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Enrollment during the 1992-93 academic year included 67 students in the Associate in Applied Arts and Science degree programs, 355 students in the certificate classes, and about 3,500 students in technician training programs for individual automotive manufacturers. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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