Attendees toured the state-of-the-art facility that will house the school’s Transportation Technology Academy opening in the fall.
The Transportation Technology Academy is a “school within a school” that will feature three career pathways to provide opportunities from entry-level jobs requiring high school diplomas to progressive careers requiring advanced degrees. These pathways emphasize real-world occupationally relevant experiences of significant scope and depth in vehicle maintenance, service, and repair; collision repair and refinishing and aviation and aerospace transportation services.
Initially, the academy will focus on vehicle maintenance and service and expand over time. Students will have the opportunity to gain specialized knowledge and training while in high school.
In their freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years, students will take most of their core classes (English, Science and History) together as a group. Teachers of these core classes will follow curriculum focusing on transportation technological themes.
Students also will take specialized classes focusing on transportation and have access to computers, virtual textbooks, online factory repair manuals and other training aids. All equipment in the Transportation Technology Center is “industry standard,” according to Academy Coordinator Jonathan Throckmorton.
“This isn’t just your average auto shop,” Throckmorton said. “Students will be trained with the same equipment many local shops use, giving them a greater advantage when they enter the workforce.”
Equipment includes: Hunter Engineering front-end alignment system and tire changer; OTC Genisys electronic diagnostic scan tools; A/C transmission and coolant servicing technology; Matco tools and equipment; Lincoln electric welders; a Bio Circle water-based parts cleaning tank; and a Fluke 88 digital automotive multi-meters.
In addition to students attending OUHSD schools, the center, funded in part by a Federal Transit Administration 1D grant, will serve students throughout Ventura County through the Ventura County Office of Education’s Regional Occupational Program (ROP).