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Clark College gets automotive technology students back in the game

The school, located in Vancouver, Wash., has students returning to lab course work through health screenings, face coverings and social distancing

Vancouver, Wash.—Automotive Instructor Tonia Haney of Clark College recently shared photos of students back working in the school’s automotive lab. In-person classes use health screenings, face coverings and social distancing.

“Many folks have been wondering how schools can teach automotive trades remotely,” said Haney in a statement to the Northwest Automotive Trades Association (NATA). “The solution most schools are opting for is to offer the lecture portion of the coursework remotely, but offer the hands-on portion of the training in-person using social distancing, smaller class sizes, face masks and hand sanitizers.”

Clark College, located in Vancouver, Wash., offers dealer-sponsored programs that include the Toyota Technician & Education Network (T-TEN), the Honda Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT), the Dick Hannah Initiative for Technician Education at Clark College (HiTECC), and the Audi Education Partnership.

Clark’s Diesel program prepares students for entry-level positions in the diesel technician trade. Students learn to work on brake systems, drivetrains, electric and electronic circuits, hydraulic systems, and diesel engines.

Its fall term begins Sept. 21.

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