EVC to celebrate the graduation of first cohort of students in Tesla Start Program
Evergreen Valley College

April 22, 2019

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(San Jose, Calif.) – Evergreen Valley College (EVC) will celebrate the graduation of its first cohort of 12 Tesla START-trained electric vehicle technicians in a special ceremony from 2:00-3:00pm on Friday, April 26, 2019 at Evergreen Valley College.

Evergreen Valley College is one of only six locations across North America including California, Washington, North Carolina and Florida that offers the Tesla START Program. EVC earned Strong Workforce Stars recognition in the Advanced Transportation & Renewable sector for its Automotive Technology Program. In addition to seven separate certificates, EVC offers two fully accredited Associate degrees with most course work and credits transferrable to a four-year college. Evergreen's Automotive Technology program has resources and vehicles available to students that are not offered at other schools, including state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, late-model vehicles, and intensive, hands-on training. Students who participate in EVC's Automotive Technology Program boost their earnings by 79%.

Tesla START is an accelerated 12-week program that pays students while they train to become electric vehicle technicians. Tesla provides the vehicles, equipment, instructor, tools and curriculum for hands-on learning. Students train in a space on campus designed to simulate a Tesla Service location so they are ready to hit the ground running on day one of their new careers. After completing the program, students become eligible for employment with Tesla at one of their service locations across the country. 

The 12 EVC graduates brings the total to 172 Tesla START graduates since the program started in 2018. 

"By 2040, electric vehicles will represent 30% of all new car sales," said Maniphone Dickerson, EVC's dean of business and workforce. "Tesla is at the forefront of the EV revolution. We are thrilled to be working together with Tesla to train our students to not only launch their high demand careers and acquire skillsets for jobs of the future, but to see them making positive changes in the world." 

The graduation ceremony will take place in the Gullo II conference room at Evergreen Valley College. The event will feature remarks from San Jose Evergreen Community College District Chancellor, Byron D. Clift Breland, Evergreen President Keith Aytch, EVC Dean of Business and Workforce, Maniphone Dickerson, Tesla START Operations and Implementation Manager, Martti Thomas, and an EVC student graduate.

"To become one of the best automotive training program you need to teach the latest technologies used in modern vehicles," said Michael Hernandez, Automotive Instructor at Evergreen Valley College.  "The Tesla START program provides training in the latest technologies used in all electric vehicles. We are fortunate be one of only six programs in the nation that provides detailed training on this technology."

"We are firm believers in the power of partnerships," said Evergreen Valley College President, Keith Aytch. "We are committed to providing incredible, life-changing career opportunities to our diverse student population. As one of only six locations across North America, we are so grateful to Tesla for providing this extraordinary opportunity for our students." 

"As more and more consumers are choosing electric, Tesla START provides a unique opportunity for college students to get 12-weeks of specialized technician training in this emerging industry," said Martti Thomas, Operations & Implementation Manager for Tesla START. "Partnering with Evergreen Valley College allows us to leverage an already strong automotive training program in the Bay Area. Graduates will be ready to hit the ground running day one to support Tesla customers with a full-time job at a Tesla service center. We congratulate these students on their hard work and welcome them to the Tesla family."

About Evergreen Valley College
Evergreen Valley College opened its doors in 1975 to 3,000 students and currently hosts more than 9,000 students from more than 70 countries. The rich variety of cultures, which both enhances and enriches campus life, comprises one of the most diverse student bodies within the California community colleges system. In recent years, bond measures have allowed the college to build facilities on its 175-acre campus: classrooms and labs for biological sciences and nursing education programs, a library, a student life center, the Montgomery Hill Observatory, and the Center for the Art.  


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