Work Study Program

ASA Houston is working with local colleges to establish a work study program for our members with students in the automotive programs. As this program develops we will share the information with you here and at our meetings. The future of our industry is dependant on recruiting and retaining good technicians. There are several local junior colleges that offer very good automotive programs and our association will leverage that into an asset for our members.

If you have qestions or want to be an active part of this effort please email the office

  • Committee Meeting with San Jacinto College

    Meeting with San Jacinto Junior College

    September 10, 2015

     

    Present; John Miller, Ford Rusk, Konrad DeLong, Chuck Stasny, Mark Deschner, Dave Mobley and one more instructor that I did not get his name

     

    San Jac (SJ) already has internships working w/ dealers.  The student will spend 8 wks at SJ and 8 weeks at the dealer during the program.  They have both night and day classes/internships for the students. 

    Dave Mobley said he had a place for job postings that I assume we can use.

     

    They have a non-dealer program called FAST (Future Automotive Service Tech) which has 230 to 250 students currently.  Technically, new car dealers such as VW, Audi, BMW, and some more, are getting techs from FAST but not considered a dealer program.

     

    SJ recruits at local PYES approve high schools for their students.  In exchange they offer training to high school instructors. 

     

    60% of the students need remedial help but it usually can be accomplish with in the 2 yr program.  If the student needs remedial classes they must take at least 1 remedial class per semester.

     

    A majority of students need some sort of financial aid.  The cost for 2yr Certificate of training is $4 to $5k. A degree version is about twice the cost.  An "in district" certificate from HCC is $3k.

     

    There is usually a contract on internships but SJ is not involved.  It is between the student and the work place. ASA would have to draft their own agreement.

     

    SJ has a tool show twice a year for the students and we were invited to that if we want.

     

    Class just started 9/10/15

     

    Mark suggested we attend the advisory meetings.  He said we could shape things and currently, the biggest non dealer body is Firestone.  He mentioned that Firestone was going through some re-organization and not participating as they were.  I thought that was an opportunity for us until Mark mentioned they were financially helping many students.  Not sure we can convince our members to jump at that.

     

    SJ is teaching lube services early in the FAST program so they can be productive quickly to the employer

     

    We asked Mark to make a 15 minute presentation at the next ASA meeting and possibly hosting a meeting next yr. 

     

    The class mix is 80% during the day and 20% night students but night students might be more responsible and better candidate because most need to work during the day.  They do go to school 5 days a week but it is possible that a student may spend more time the first 4 days of the week to allow a Friday off day to be on the job..

     

  • Task List for Internship Technician Program

    Task List for Internship Technician Program

    Minutes 9/9/2015

    John Miller, Chuck Stasny, Rudy, Konrad, Nancy, Kathryn

    1. Mission Statement

      1. Work Study Program

      2. Serve education needs of the automotive profession

    2. Recruit six ASA members for Education Committee

    3. Identify six shops that want to participate

      1. In HCC Advisory Committee- NATEF certification

      2. Internship program

        Recruit possibilities: Mike Kacal, Ortega, David Skorka at Auto Doc, John Ferrata at Nline (Rudy), Ford and Byron at RMS, Ray White (John Miller)

        We mentioned Jim Noblet needing to be approached

    4. Develop employee & shop contract / agreement

      a. Agreement should be written

      b. Feedback should be provided to the student and school

    5. What are requirements of participating shops

      1. Current ASA member in good standing

      2. Good BBB rating

      3. Shop conducive to learning and training

      4. Employee/employer agreement or third party administrator

      5. Shop owner willing to report on student’s progress

      6. Consider Education reimbursement

      7. Currently provides training for existing technicians

      8. Shop willing to invest in a tool program for the student

    6. Prepare for Lunch & Learn

      1. Talking points

      2. Brochure (ASA advantages for the Technician

        1. Only one brand

        2. Dealer tries to keep the whole average hourly cost to 15 bucks/hour

        3. Competitive wages

        4. Opportunities to work on a variety of car repairs

        5. Better opportunities to advance

        6. Work with owner not corporation

        7. We operate according to a Code of Ethics

        8. Tech can see big picture of the repair

        9. Expanded opportunity for experience and promotion

    7. Develop a time line that for Lunch & Learn on October 22

      1. Creating ASA shop agreement

      2. Creating Intern agreement

      3. Orientation meeting for those wanting to particpate

      4. Budget of $1000 for a meal for Lunch & Learn for 100 people (

         

        Mission Statement thoughts

         

        Like any of it?

         

        We are an organization that continues to search for local quality training and continuing education for ASA shop members to provide their Technicians with the knowledge, tools, and experience needed to achieve a successful Technical Career

         

        We believe that the success of ASA member shops depends upon the talent and performance of dedicated employees who concentrate, above all, on quality, compliance and customer satisfaction. "Long-term integrity is worth far more than short-term profit."

         

        Training and Development is a catalyst for the ASA to engage in continuous learning, professional growth, and organizational effectiveness. Higher pay rates for higher skill levels gives employees the motivation and competitive edge for improvement

         

        The central purpose and role of the ASA Education and training Program

        Is to provide technicians with Learning & Development which contributes to the success of the organization by partnering with facilities that offer local automotive training which will in turn drive learning that is strategic, measureable, and effective.

         

     

  • Work Study Program

    ASA Houston is working with local colleges to establish a work study program for our members with students in the automotive programs. As this program develops we will share the information with you here and at our meetings. The future of our industry isdependent on recruiting and retaining good technicians. There are several local junior colleges that offer very good automotive programs and our association leverage that into an asset for our members.
    If you have questions or want to be an active part of this effort please email the office;