Bessemer, Ala., -- Lawson State Community College's T-TEN (Toyota Technical Education Network) program is one of the top 10 programs out of 55 in the nation for 2007.
Each of the current 55 programs is judged on graduate objectives, placements at Toyota dealerships, instructor and program certifications and compliance with Toyota training requirements. To achieve this honor, programs must adhere to numerous guidelines and policies in the implementation of the T-TEN training module.
The Toyota T-TEN Recognition Award was established to honor the highest performing T-TEN programs in the United States.
According to Toyota, "T-TEN is tailored to the needs of career change candidates and college-bound students who seek to acquire the training necessary to pursue a career in automotive repair and maintenance or body and collision repair."
Toyota says the pool of people trained and qualified to maintain and repair today's automobiles is in decline and the T-TEN program fills the need for highly skilled technicians. Employment opportunities for automotive service technicians are expected to increase through the year 2014 and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median hourly earnings of technicians and mechanics, including commission, was $15.60 in May 2004. The highest 10 percent earned more than $26.22 per hour.
Lawson State's Keith Littleton, the T-TEN Coordinator/Instructor, was recognized for the program's achievements in May at a Toyota Conference in Dallas, Texas.
Lawson State Community College educates more automotive and truck technicians each year than any other institution in the state.
The T-TEN program at Lawson State is part of the Alabama Center for Automotive Excellence, housed on the college's Bessemer campus. The Center provides technician training for three manufacturers - Toyota, General Motors, and Ford. Also associated with the Center are programs for high school automotive students, collision repair, and medium and heavy truck technology.