Toyota to announce expansion of technician training at JCTC
Investment doubles size of prestigious T-Ten program
Kentucky Workforce and Education Development Secretary Joe Meyer and Toyota USA Technician Development Manager Rick Lester will be among officials at Jefferson Community & Technical College to announce expansion of the high-tech, high-touch Toyota technician training program.
Jefferson, once a pilot site for the prestigious T-TEN training program, will now train students from 6 states and 144 dealerships to be Toyota and Lexus technicians. It is one of only five T-TEN programs with a regional outreach and is now the largest of those programs.
The rigorous 2-year program is designed to create career paths for students who can move from technician to master technician and beyond. Students who enter the program also are employed by a Toyota dealership. While in the program, they alternate classroom and lab work with actual work experience. Students spend 8 weeks at JCTC, then 8 weeks on the job.
When they graduate, they have a minimum of two ASE certifications. Thanks to a significant investment in JCTC's program, students also train using the latest Toyota technology.
Significantly, curriculum developed at JCTC with Toyota has been implemented in T-TEN programs across the United States, and JCTC was a training site in August for instructors from colleges across the country.
Thursday's announcement is timed with the completion of the T-TEN Program Consultation Validation, an intensive program review process equivalent to accreditation. It is the culmination of more than two years of program and curriculum development. The primary focus is competency based instruction, with relevant operational plans to build the program.
More than 100 students, dealership representatives, Toyota, college and local officials are expected to attend the announcement.