Toyota Technician Training & Education Network program achieves Entrée status
11.05.2015 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao
Status places the San Jacinto College T-TEN program curriculum in a library accessed by instructors nationwide
PASADENA, Texas – The San Jacinto College Toyota Technician Training & Education Network (T-TEN) Program has achieved Entrée status after developing 200 hours of curriculum that will be housed in a community library and accessed by T-TEN instructors nationwide.
San Jacinto College began the Entrée process in 2011 when there were more than 50 Toyota T-TEN programs in the nation. However, that number has been reduced to 34 programs, with San Jacinto College being one of the 23 programs to achieve Entrée status. It's a process that requires much attention to detail, something that T-TEN program coordinator Chris Tran and T-TEN instructor Sean Ham do so well that Toyota asked them to serve as the T-TEN community librarians. The goal of 2016 is to have all of the T-TEN programs as Entrée status.
"The completion of the Entrée package for our Toyota T-TEN curriculum is a major accomplishment," said Tran. "We have proven to Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc. that we are for real and very serious about our work in student success. We have made our marks in the T-TEN community, and people are taking notice."
The San Jacinto College Toyota T-TEN program is successful in placing graduates in jobs either before or immediately following their graduation from the program. In May 2015, all of the program's graduates were employed prior to commencement. Tran added that the San Jacinto College T-TEN Automotive Electrical Systems course is already shared among most T-TEN schools across the United States. The College is now piloting a new T-TEN program using the newest curriculum developed.
"The Entrée achievement is the first big step in the T-TEN program in becoming fully certified by the Toyota T-TEN Instructors Community and Toyota Motor Sales USA," said Mark Deschner, San Jacinto College transportation department chair. "The next step in the process is the adaptation of the new curriculum into all of the T-TEN Automotive courses we offer. Chris Tran and Sean Ham have already started the adaptation process and hope to have everything completed before June 2016."
Tran noted that the San Jacinto College T-TEN program is designed to be strict, structured, rigorous, up-to-date, advanced, hi-tech, and occupationally aligned.
"We are taking our automotive training to the next level," said Tran. "To measure that, we’ve produced several Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master and ASE Master-L1 certified graduates as well as students with up to seven ASEs on the verge of becoming ASE Master certified. Service directors and managers at Toyota and Lexus dealerships are loving it, and they're asking for more of our students."
For more information about the San Jacinto College T-TEN program, visit sanjac.edu/career/automotive-technology.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.