Auto-tech Elans earn certificates

By David Bilbao Eighty-six out of the 88 automotive technology students passed the National Automotive Students Skill Standards Assessment certification test, which is run by the automotive service excellence organization as proof of professionalism on the field. The NA3SA  provides third party documentation of the students’ accomplishments against the National Standards for Automotive training program. Automotive technology instructor Walter Kangas said, “(Getting the certification) is a huge accomplishment for my students.”…

May 9, 2012
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Professor plans to retire, enjoy Florida

By Freddy Monares Looking forward to the title “retired,” department chair of Automobile Technology Walter Kangas is prepared to live on his lake-front property in Florida after his last day at East Los Angeles College on June 30. Kangas has been with ELAC since Aug. 2001 and says his biggest accomplishment for the college is getting the department certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) in 2003. This…

May 9, 2012
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ELAC Auto graduates awarded with ASE certificates

By Isaac Tovar East Los Angeles College automotive program graduates earned a technologically challenging certificate designed to improve their employment chances. They were recognized at ceremony and dinner Wednesday in the auto tech building. Twelve students participated in an exam this semester that is preparatory of the industry standard Automotive Service Excellence certification tests. These exams aren’t limited to graduates only, as instructors encourage some students to take them before graduating. However,…

March 7, 2012
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