Inside California Education: Community Colleges – Energizing Electric Car Careers


♪♪ (HENRY CRANKING TOOL) Henry: Today we’re doing a lab
that consists of replacing a headlamp in case something
happens to it. Kristen: HENRY MENA MOVED ALL
THE WAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY FROM NEW JERSEY TO SAN JOSE.
AFTER BEING ACCEPTED TO THIS UNQUE TRAINING PROGRAM FOR
TESLA SERVICE TECHNICIANS. Henry: No other company can
provide this kind of training so just being able to get in, learn
how this works from the ground up, it was a great opportunity
for me to join. Kristen: HENRY IS ONE OF 12
STUDENTS IN THE TESLA START PROGRAM, OFFERED AT ONLY SIX
COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING HERE
AT EVERGREEN VALLEY COLLEGE IN SAN JOSE. “Trim and we need … yeah, this
guy. For sure ” Kristen: STUDENTS ARE TAUGHT
BY TESLA EMPLOYEES IN A MODERN-DAY AUTOMOTIVE SHOP,
LEARNING THE LATEST IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY. Maniphone: The more cars Tesla
had out on the road, the more the cars needed to be serviced. It was a new generation of
workforce that needed to be cultivated. Natalie: We’ve had a high
ramp up of our model 3 which is one of our most
popular models, so of course the more that we sell, service is
going to be a high growing field so it’s pretty much just ramping
them up for their career within our company. Kristen: STUDENTS SPEND EIGHT
HOURS A DAY, FIVE DAYS A WEEK IN THIS CLASSROOM AUTO SHOP. HALFWAY THROUGH THE PROGRAM,
THEY ADD A SIXTH DAY AT A NEARBY TESLA SERVICE STATION. THEY’RE PAID TO LEARN, AND AT
THE END OF THREE MONTHS, THEY’RE READY FOR A CAREER AS A TESLA
SERVICE TECHNICIAN AT ONE OF MORE THAN 100 LOCATIONS ACROSS
NORTH AMERICA, WHERE EMPLOYEES WITH THESE SKILLS ARE IN VERY
HIGH DEMAND. Byron: They need folks trained
at a level that’s going to help propel the mission of their
company and we need to continue to provide opportunities to
community members to be able to take on these jobs of the
future. Kristen: IN TESLA’S SEARCH FOR
TRAINING PARTNERS, EVERGREEN VALLEY COLLEGE WAS CONSIDERED A
PERFECT FIT. THE CAMPUS IS LOCATED IN THE
HEART OF THE SILICON VALLEY, NEAR A CURRENT TESLA SERVICE
STATION … AND THEY ALREADY HAD A HYBRID VEHICLE CURRICULUM. Byron: It gives us the ability
as a community college to showcase the fantastic faculty
and staff that we have here, our ability to develop first rate
partnerships here in Silicon Valley and to give our students
an opportunity to participate in the new economy
as we call it now. Kristen: INSTEAD OF ENGINES,
THESE STUDENTS WORK PRIMARILY ON COMPUTERS AND ON THE NEWEST
VEHICLES TESLA HAS … LEARNING TECHNOLOGY THAT’S SO
EXCLUSIVE, THEY HAVE TO SIGN A NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT JUST TO
BE IN THE CLASS. Natalie: You’re learning
different programming, you’re learning how to communicate with
the vehicle not necessarily working on just manual parts but
actually utilizing software-based programs,
specialty programs only Tesla uses. Natalie: Organization is
going to be the biggest part of this lab activity. Maniphone: They are the initial
the pioneers of being the workforce for electrical cars. Kristen: IT’S A JOB THAT LOOKS
MUCH DIFFERENT THAN YOUR DAD’S AUTOMOTIVE SHOP. THERE ARE NO OIL CHANGES, SPARK
PLUGS, OR EMISSION CHECKS. INSTEAD, STUDENTS LEARN
BATTERY ARCHITECTURE, AND CHARGING TECHNOLOGY. Chess: Being a service
technician we’re always on our toes. We’re always trying to figure
out the new thing to fix and it’s not just hardware it’s
always software as well. Kristen: AS FOR WHO MAKES A GOOD
TESLA SERVICE TECHNICIAN, THIS TEACHER, WHO IS A GRADUATE OF
THE START PROGRAM HERSELF, SAYS IT’S MOSTLY ABOUT
…THE MISSION. Natalie: They are going to have
a little bit of automotive background, we do request that,
but we really are looking for more of a personality fit and
being able to want to accomplish our mission statement and our
goal as a company. Michael: Since that’s the new
technology for the future these students are able to be a part
of the future now so as the technology grows they grow with
it. So it’s a wonderful position to
be in. Kristen: FOR HENRY, HE SAYS THE
PROGRAM OFFERS HIM MORE THAN JUST A NEW CAREER…
IT’S ALSO A CHANCE TO MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE Henry: You’re able to contribute
more to the mission of transitioning the world to
sustainable energy so just being involved in a mission that’s
bigger than yourself. ♪♪




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