West Coast School First to Offer NAFA’s CAFM Courses

Cer­ri­tos Col­lege, a two-year insti­tu­tion which boasts one of the finest auto­mo­tive pro­grams in the Unit­ed States, is the lat­est school to include NAFA’s Cer­ti­fied Auto­mo­tive Fleet Man­ag­er (CAFM) cours­es in its cur­ricu­lum. Locat­ed in the greater Los Ange­les, Cal­i­for­nia area, Cer­ri­tos becomes the first West Coast school (and fourth over­all) to offer NAFA’s CAFM cours­es for col­lege cred­it.

“Cer­ri­tos has a great part­ner­ship in the area with fleets and auto deal­ers,” explained Rick Sikes, CAFM, Fleet Man­age­ment Super­in­ten­dent for the City of San­ta Mon­i­ca and Chair of NAFA’s Fuels & Tech­nol­o­gy Advi­so­ry Coun­cil. “They have state-of-the-art facil­i­ties and many pro­grams relat­ed to auto­mo­tive tech­nol­o­gy and auto deal­er man­age­ment. The school is also cen­tral­ly locat­ed to many areas in the region.”

Cer­ri­tos has more than 600 stu­dents in its auto­mo­tive pro­gram, which offers train­ing in Auto­mo­tive Col­li­sion Repair, Auto­mo­tive Mechan­i­cal Repair, and Advanced Trans­porta­tion Tech­nol­o­gy and Ener­gy.

It is the only auto­mo­tive pro­gram on the West Coast with three OEM spon­sor­ship pro­grams. In addi­tion, the col­lege has a part­ner­ship with North­wood Uni­ver­si­ty in Michi­gan that allows stu­dents to con­tin­ue their edu­ca­tion towards a full Bachelor’s Degree.

“Offer­ing NAFA’s CAFM cours­es makes our pro­gram even stronger,” said Jan­net Malig, Direc­tor, Advanced Trans­porta­tion Tech­nol­o­gy & Ener­gy at Cer­ri­tos Col­lege. “The cur­ricu­lum itself incor­po­rates direct­ly into a 4-cred­it pro­gram. It’s a nat­ur­al fit.”

The col­lege has host­ed sev­er­al of the Association’s Pacif­ic South­west Chap­ter meet­ings at their facil­i­ty. In return, NAFA’s local chap­ter recent­ly issued their first two schol­ar­ships to stu­dents in the auto­mo­tive tech­nol­o­gy pro­gram at Cer­ri­tos. The chap­ter plans on pro­vid­ing two addi­tion­al schol­ar­ships for auto­mo­tive tech­nol­o­gy stu­dents as well as two for the CAFM/CAFS pro­gram in the spring.

NAFA’s CAFM pro­gram is also endorsed by the Nation­al Con­fer­ence of State Fleet Admin­is­tra­tors (NCSFA), Rocky Moun­tain Fleet Man­age­ment Asso­ci­a­tion (RMFMA), and Flori­da Asso­ci­a­tion of Gov­ern­men­tal Fleet Admin­is­tra­tors (FLAGFA).

In addi­tion, the CAFM pro­gram is offered for col­lege cred­it at Fer­ris State Uni­ver­si­ty (Big Rapids, Michi­gan), Geor­gian Col­lege (Bar­rie, Ontario, Cana­da), and Ranken Tech­ni­cal Col­lege (St. Louis, Mis­souri).




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