Brief: Automotive class paves way for students

Brief: Automotive class paves way for students

Jorge Camacho works on a Honda Civic to check for leaks in the car at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on April 21, 2022. Photo by Michael Moreno.

The founder of Toyota, Sakichi Toyoda, said, “Before you say you can’t do something, try it.”

The Pierce College Automotive Center, which sits atop the campus near the Equestrian Center, provides students who are eager to enter the automotive industry with a chance to get hands-on experience with cars.

Gustavo Hernandez said professor of Automotive Service Technology Alex Villata uses his passion to teach students how to work with cars. 

“I really love working on cars,” Hernandez said. “He actually goes an extra mile to make sure that you learn what you want to learn.”

From tire changes to fixing leaks inside of a car’s interior, the Automotive Center hopes that students can understand the mechanical language and even take a chance on fixing their cars.

Jorge Camacho said the class has helped him further his goal to be a mechanic.

“It’s something that I dreamt of, and for me to get an associate as well as a big goal,” Camacho said.

Pierce students Javier Espinoza (left) and Drake Valenzuela (bottom right) team up as Valenzuela looks at the undercarriage of this Volvo P1800 at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Apr. 21, 2022. Photo by Michael Moreno.

Student Marco Mota said that fixing cars was something he was passionate about.

“It’s freedom, and it’s where I can get away from everything and not worry about the seriousness of life,” Mota said. 

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