Auto 2016 HighlightsTeam Automotive – Tom, Dan, Ruben, Paul, Ed, Fil, Rick and Nancy, attended the Spring 2016 CAT (California Automotive Teachers) Conference in Modesto, hosted by Modesto Junior College. CAT celebrated its 50th Year, but also saw the founding member, “Uncle” Bob Barkhouse, Executive Director, retire!  He will be sorely missed by all, but the organization will continue strong under the leadership of its fine members.

Automotive Special Olympics was held once again on Wednesday, May 11, after a lapse of several years.  It is an event organized by the Auto Club for some friendly student competitions; two students from each class competes at Tire Toss, Creeper Race, Car Push, Spark Plug R&R, Tire Rotation Race and Parts Cart Race.  BBQ was the finale of the day.

The semester was wrapped up with the annual Automotive Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 21, the event was held on campus at the Fireside Dining Room. Graduating students, students of the month, and other appreciation awards to students and industry folks that are supportive to the department were honored. Scholarships donated by our partners in the industry and faculty, were awarded. Graduating CAA Automotive students received their certificates, and we look forward to them joining our Automotive Technology Program in the Fall. A very special thanks to the custodian crew members that helped setup and a big shout out to Kevin Chak for his generosity and help.

Paul Spakowski was honored for 25 years of service and Nancy Lam received her 10 years of service award.

Article by Nancy Lam