Automotive Endowment Established

Automotive Endowment Established The Professional Automotive Technicians Association (PATA) of Camden County has established a scholarship endowment to help Camden County College students enter a field that is filled with hundreds of thousands of lucrative career opportunities. PATA has made an initial gift of $3,000 to the Camden County College Foundation and will match that amount each of the next four years until the endowment reaches $15,000. Income from the investment of this principal will fund an annual scholarship that will go to auto tech students who have completed at least 20 credits and achieved a grade-point average of at least 3.0.

CCC has offered programs in automotive technology for more than 20 years. Students seeking an associate's degree can major in General Motors Automotive Services Education Program apprentice studies, Toyota Technical Education Network apprentice studies or general apprentice studies. Students seeking a career certificate can major in general technician studies, brakes/steering/suspension specialist studies, electrical/heating/air-conditioning-system specialist studies, engine-performance/driveability specialist studies or transmission/transaxle/power-train-system specialist studies.

Also available at CCC are a number of non-credit professional-development offerings. These include courses that allow experienced automotive technicians to update their skills and maintain state certification for vehicle inspection and repair of vehicle-inspection failures.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence has forecast a great need for qualified automotive technicians each year for the next decade. The institute projects a need for more than 300,000 craft and specialized repair personnel as well as 60,000 mechanics, installers and repairers.

Graduates of CCC's degree and certificate programs can expect to earn $60,000 to $70,000 after two years of experience with a General Motors, a Toyota or an independent dealer or garage.

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