We get a glimpse of the new ASCCA Degree program that has been in the works for years that has just been approved at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon, CA. This state-approved credit course and will create paid internships from ASCCA shops. This is a post-secondary program like the OE programs but strictly for independents and will help solve the need for entry-level technicians for independent shops.
ASCCA Guest Panel:
Dara Bakhshandeh is from C & D Auto Care which is a family-owned, team operated, 6,500 square foot automotive service and repair facility where Dara works on domestic and Asian vehicles. He is Treasurer of Chapter 24 and a Trustee for the Automotive Service Councils Educational Foundation.
As a long-time member of ASCCA, Dara says that there are many benefits to being an ASCCA member. “Networking with other shop owners and learning from their experiences is a huge benefit, plus the support and help you receive in a time of need. Another great benefit is being updated on various bills going through the legislature that could negatively affect our industry.”
Dara also said there are many special and memorable moments that go along with being an ASCCA member. “There are many Team Weekends that hold my favorite memories. I love seeing how the association comes together and I appreciate the time donated by the Board to make the automotive industry better today and in the future.” Learn Dara’s Previous Episodes HERE.
John Eppstein is the owner of John’s Automotive Care in San Diego, CA, admits he was a better tech than a businessman but did something about it. John opened up JAC in April 1998 and was the only employee for the first 3 years. His career in the automotive field started when he turned 16, and he has been working full time ever since 1983.
John is an ASE Certified Master Technician and has been since 1999. When not at the shop, his love for sports takes him from the soccer fields to the OTL courts at Fiesta Island. Collecting baseball cards and working with his favorite non-profits like The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County and The Automotive Service Councils of California. One thing he credits for his success is making his customer his main focus. John was honored as the 2016 NAPA ASE Technician of the year. Learn John’s Previous Episodes HERE.
Brad McCombs is the Instructor and Coordinator for the Ford ASSET Program at Cuyamaca College’s Automotive Technology Department. Brad is currently enrolled MA of Learning Design Technology – San Diego State University – August 2017. Relevant Course work and Coursework Collaborate with the Ford Instructional Design Team:
Brad was very instrumental in bringing this program to fruition. Discover Brad’s Previous Episodes HERE.
Key Talking Points:
A sincere thanks to John Eppstein, Dara Bakhshandeh, and Brad McCombs for being on the podcast.
Cuyamaca College’s Automotive Technology Program HERE.
ASCCA Proposed Associate of Science Automotive Technology College Degree Program. Download HERE.
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