All proposed courses for the 2019-2020 school year will be available after November 1st, 2018.
The Automotive Program at CCIC is a three-year progressive training program in which students pursue various ways to apply their skills, including hands-on labs, contests, internships, and possibly a lucrative career in an exciting workplace. Upon graduation, students are encouraged to enter post-secondary Automotive Associate or Bachelor Degree Programs.
Classes are taught by Mr. Brian Manley, who has been teaching at Smoky Hill High School for 23 years, and was a 15 year, full-time Master Certified Automotive Technician and Manager at independent repair shops here in Aurora before coming to Smoky. Mr. Manley is an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified Master and L-1 (Advanced Automobile Specialist) certified technician.
CCIC Automotive students can become Automotive Youth and Education System (AYES) apprentices while in Auto II and III, which can lead to post-secondary manufacturer education and employment in local dealerships and independent shops. After graduation, students are encouraged to attend either a two-year automotive manufacturer program (such as Ford ASSET, GM ASEP or Toyota T-10) or a four year automotive bachelor degree program (such as Colorado State University in Pueblo or Weber State in Utah). Many of Manley's graduates are enrolled in, or are graduates from, two and four-year automotive colleges, and are currently working in the automotive field in dealerships and at the corporate level. Currently, several students are working as apprentices at Discount Tire and Go Toyota on Arapahoe Road, and more graduates are scattered throughout Denver working in dealerships such as Stevinson East Toyota, Go Toyota, Autonation Ford and Shortline Subaru. These students took the lucrative path through their training, became AYES apprentices, and then continued their technical training through two year manufacturer training programs.
The motor vehicle repair industry has taken on a new sophistication, requiring advanced technical training and computer literacy. At CCIC we reflect changes in industry by listening to our advisory committee and staying on the cutting edge. We feel that today's automotive technician must have:
· A thorough knowledge of automotive systems and components
· Good computer skills
· Excellent communication skills
· Above average mechanical aptitude
· Good reasoning ability
· Ability to read and follow instructions
· Manual dexterity
What do our students do in the program?
Our students receive comprehensive training in the following areas:
· Engine Performance
· Electricity & Electronic Systems
· Engine Repair
· Brake Systems
· Suspension, Steering & Alignment Systems
· Heating and Air Conditioning
· Manual & Automatic Transmissions
· Career Pathways in the Automotive Industry
One of our District's proudest graduates, Wei-Yun Gibson (bottom left) graduated from Smoky's automotive program in 2005, and went on to Colorado State University-Pueblo, where she studied her Bachelor's Degree, Automotive Industry Management, Business Administration, Supervisory Management, Graduated Magna Cum Laude (3.8-3.9 GPA). She was an AYES apprentice at an independent shop in Boulder while in high school, and now works for Autonation Toyota (GO) on Arapahoe Road, where she has reached-out to me to collaborate on projects with Smoky's auto program, and has already hired 2 of my students last month!