Toyota North America (TMNA) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) have teamed up with Tarrant County College in Fort Worth to offer state-of-the-art training as part of the Toyota Technician Training and Education Network (T-TEN).
The demand for qualified automotive technicians continues to increase, so offering a training program will help increase the talent pool, according to a Toyota press release. The first training program will educate 22 students, beginning in fall next year.
“This partnership is a huge win for Tarrant County College and all of North Texas,” Peter Jordan, president of Tarrant County College South Campus, said in the press release. “It means TCC faculty are in a position to offer another dimension to the automotive technology curriculum we deliver. Students will have the opportunity to acquire additional skills and national certification in a burgeoning industry; increasing their employability and earning potential. For Toyota and Lexus, this partnership creates a ready pool of highly skilled potential employees to meet growing workforce demands.”
T-TEN launched 31 years ago as a way to provide a pipeline of highly trained technicians for Toyota and Lexus dealerships. The average class size is 20 to 25 students for both classroom education and hands-on training over the course of two years.
To enter the program, students must show a passion for the field and an aptitude for learning the necessary skills. Training also includes a paid internship program to help students obtain certifications. So far, thousands of T-TEN certified technicians have landed jobs in more than 1,400 dealerships, according to the release.