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For the first time, Wilson Community College is partnering with a major manufacturer, gaining access to its technical education materials.
“We are excited to bring the Toyota Technical Education College Support Program to our automotive technology students at Wilson Community College,” said Margie Norfleet, the college’s dean of industrial technologies.
Toyota will provide WCC instructors and students access to its eLearning programs and technical information system, an online library of repair and training resources.
The materials will supplement the college’s existing curriculum and help students interested in a career with Toyota gain a head start in their training, according to information from Southeast Toyota Distributors.
“Our partnership with Toyota is innovative and will have a large impact on future career prospects for students and will bring more training opportunities for our local and surrounding automotive industries,” Norfleet said.
The partnership shows the college’s growth and continued commitment to high academic standards for students, Norfleet said.
Students who complete the eLearning modules will become Toyota maintenance level certified technicians. Such certifications will promote employment opportunities with nearby Toyota dealerships.
Guillermo Rojas, a student in the automotive program, said he is looking forward to being able to learn directly from Toyota.
Bobby Brown, instructor for automotive systems technology, said the partnership is a wonderful opportunity for students.
“This partnership with Toyota will give our students a chance to see firsthand the training necessary for dealership success,” Brown said.
Rob Holsten, vice president for academic affairs, said the college is always looking for ways to develop partnerships with industry to provide training and employment opportunities for students.
“These materials will provide our students with Toyota-specific training to prepare them for dealership service mechanic jobs,” Holsten said.