Plaque Dedication Event Recognizes BCC for Its Automotive Technician Training at State-of-the-Art Patterson Garage

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automotive tech training team poses with plaque in Patterson GarageBCC’s Automotive Technology program has been recognized for its Workforce Development and NY Mechanic Apprentice Program, which provides technician training to employees of companies with fleets, such as UPS, Penske, and Truck King. The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFLCIO) – the largest federation of unions in the United States – and NY’s Consortium for Worker Education presented Director of Automotive Technology Clement Drummond and his leadership team with a special plaque on Tuesday, Feb. 27, for the completion of the state-of-the-art Patterson Garage.

“Our program broadens the horizons of students, opening them up to new and exciting opportunities as they enter the workforce,” said Clement E. Drummond, Director of Automotive Technology. “By offering instruction on fleet maintenance technology, BCC serves as a pipeline for companies seeking technicians and helps companies replenish their technician workforce as older technicians retire.”

The ongoing apprentice program was made possible by funding from the Consortium of Worker Education (CWE) and a CUNY grant. Through the program, approved by the NY State Department of Labor, students receive 450 hours of training, participating in instruction every other week for three years.

BCC Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Luis Montenegro kicked off the event, recalling how as chairperson of the physics department in 2004 he was given the task of bringing the automotive program to prominence. “I saw the potential of what the program could be, and luckily we got Clem to lead the challenge,” Dr. Montenegro said. “Today we are celebrating the great work that has been done for a long time, as well as the space in which we are in.”

Interim BCC President Dr. Milton Santiago added, “We are grateful for our partnership with the AFLCIO. The automotive program at BCC has benefited so many students over the years.”

Electric School Bus Technicians of the Future

Separately, through a nearly $1.6 million grant from the NY City School Bus Umbrella Services (NYCSBUS), Bronx Community College (BCC) will provide electric vehicle training to more than 500 NYCSBUS personnel – including bus drivers, matrons, technicians and trainers – to prepare them for transition to electric school buses. This grant is aligned with the College’s mission to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary for jobs of the future and to serve as an active community partner for the betterment of the Bronx.

Check out News 12 The Bronx’s coverage of the event.

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