FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Executive Director of Communications and External Relations
Citrus College Automotive Technology program receives $10,000 donation
Glendora, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2021) – For the third consecutive year, the Citrus College Automotive Technology program received a $10,000 donation from the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association (GLANCDA).
Founded in 1907, GLANCDA is a philanthropic organization of factory-franchised dealers that provides educational assistance to communities in Los Angeles County.
"GLANCDA is proud to support Citrus College's robust auto tech program," said Bob Smith, GLANCDA's executive director. "We are thrilled that this donation will help the college's talented and hard-working students move one step closer to a successful career in automotive repair."
Citrus College's Automotive Technology program offers students a choice between two associate degrees and six certificates. The degrees offered include an Associate of Science in Automotive Technology and an Associate of Science in Medium and Heavy-Duty Diesel Truck Technology. Certificate options include automotive service, diagnosis and repair – master technician and clean energy and vehicle electrification technology, among others.
The program also allows full-time employment as an entry-level technician during a student's second year of training. Certified by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation, automotive technology has six full-time instructors who have worked in the automotive industry and are ASE master technicians.
"I am grateful to GLANCDA for their generous donation, which will have an enormous impact on the students in our automotive technology program," said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College. "I also want to commend our outstanding faculty, who have worked so hard to maintain this program's outstanding reputation."
The automotive technology program plans to use the grant funds to purchase new laptops and vehicle communication interfaces that will improve the program's ability to connect to vehicles for diagnostics and network communication validation across all lab facilities. Ultimately, the improvements will better prepare Citrus College students to work in new car service centers.
"The board of trustees wishes to thank GLANCDA for this donation and its longstanding support of Citrus College's Automotive Technology program," said Dr. Patricia A. Rasmussen, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees. "A gift like this makes it possible for students to have access to affordable, high-quality education that can lead directly to job placement."
For more information about the college's automotive technology program, visit www.citruscollege.edu/academics/programs/auto.