By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– A new partnership recently launched between the Auto Park at Valley Center and the Victor Valley College Automotive Program could prove to be the training ground dedicated automotive students at VVC need to eventually secure a good paying job and career right here in the Victor Valley.
In January, more than a dozen students from the VVC automotive program interviewed to be selected for a one semester internship position at several local dealerships. To date, six students were chose to begin working in the service departments and all will gain valuable hands-on-training as well as real world industry experience.
“We are proactively doing something to address the skills gap in our labor force,” said Vice President of Greiner Buick-GMC, David Greiner. “Instead of just complaining, we are doing something about reaching into our community to find the employees we need to work in our dealership service departments. We have undeveloped talent right here in our community and it starts with our local community college.”
Greiner mentioned many of the candidates currently work in small transmission repair shops or local lube and oil franchises. “We couldn’t understand why we have never known about them before and never understood why they haven’t applied at a franchise dealer,” said Greiner.
Justin Comstock is one of the interns chosen to participate in this new venture between the Auto Park and VVC. “This is an awesome opportunity and I am grateful to the school for offering me this internship,” Comstock said. “This is a great way to get your foot in the door for a job that will potentially lead to my lifelong career.”
Building an economically viable Victor Valley is not only beneficial to the Auto Park at Valley Center and the residents of the Victor Valley as a whole, but it is also a core principle the organization holds as goal for the entire community. “In furthering this goal, the Auto Park at Valley Center named the Victor Valley College Foundation its largest ever benefactor in a single gift when it pledged $50,000 to the Foundation in November of 2014,” Greiner said. “The pledge was designed to enhance the efforts of VVC to build a better work force in the region.”
The Auto Park’s generous gift will provide funding for scholarships to automotive students as well as help facilitate grants for faculty to implement innovate ideas and curriculum to provide hands on experiences for students in the Automotive Program on campus at Victor Valley College.
The Victor Valley College Foundation, which brokered this new partnership, is a fundraising and public relations partner of Victor Valley College, providing resources to help the college better serve its students. For more information about the Victor Valley College Foundation, visit www.vvcfoundation.com, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.