Toyota training program achieves highest certification
02.28.2017 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur
PASADENA, Texas – Eleven binders, 10,000 pages and four years later, the San Jacinto College Toyota T-TEN program has achieved the highest certification possible in Chassis, Electrical, Engine, Drivetrain (CEED) through Toyota. T-TEN, which stands for the Technician Training & Education Network, acts as a partnership between Toyota and community colleges.
The program was developed to place factory-certified technicians in Toyota and Lexus dealerships throughout the U.S. There are approximately 37 T-TEN schools, including San Jacinto College. Each school is required to meet specific certifications to keep up with industry standards.
“It’s been a long journey but we made it,” said Chris Tran, Toyota T-TEN program coordinator at San Jacinto College. Tran, along with instructor Sean Ham, wrote the Electrical 1 course that is used in all of the T-TEN CEED-certified schools throughout the country. “Having the CEED certification means we have achieved certification in all areas of Toyota. We’re always working to raise the bar to meet industry standard. Our T-TEN program has been around for a long time, and within the Gulf Coast region, we are currently the top producer of T-TEN graduates.”
The San Jacinto College T-TEN mission is to place students in jobs during their time in the program. The program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and T-TEN instructors are certified by Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
"Our faculty and staff have dedicated countless hours to prepare and achieve this high standard,” said Jeff Parks, dean of business and technology at San Jacinto College. “Lab sheets, instructional planning, recruiting, operational planning and assessments were prepared in conjunction with developing and installing 200 vehicle faults on the donated Toyota T-TEN fleet of vehicles to achieve this level of certification as well as the processes to maintain this level. The end result is a high quality program to meet the expectations and needs of our supporting Toyota dealerships.”
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, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.