FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) --Students in Fresno City College's Automotive Technology Program are enrolling in a brand new class next semester. The high-tech training they will receive is thanks to a new partnership with Mopar FCA-- a manufacturer that provides a career automotive program with expertise in working on Fiat Chrysler vehicles.
"I think it's going to be a really good thing. MOPAR is pretty generous with their training program," said Jeramy Baca, FCC student.
Auto shop is not what it used to be. Students are using computers to help them fix cars.
Faculty member Marty Kamimoto said the students will now get the latest training on the latest vehicles.
"It's not what it used to be you know, we have all the newer cars, the newer technology, they have over 26 onboard computers that talk on a high-speed network."
Once students complete the coursework they will get stackable credentials that allow them to get a job at a dealership and be considered a level one certified technician. No extra training required.
"It's incredibly crucial for students because it gives them a leg up having an industry backing, especially with MOPAR being able to print the stackable credentials," said Kathryn Leiting, Program Manager.
Leiting said Fresno City College was chosen for its stellar automotive program. And now the community will reap the benefits of having qualified auto technicians at its local dealerships. Giving students not just a job but a career, with the high-tech tools they need to get there.
"They've also given us diagnostic equipment which will allow us to connect our laptops to their scan tool and the scan tool will communicate with the vehicles on the high-speed network, which will allow them to communicate which will allow faster diagnostics," said Kamimoto.
The new program will start offering classes on January 9th-- in time for the spring semester.
Right now there are about 550 students enrolled in the automotive technology program at Fresno City College.