Auto Tech Advisory Committee
The mission of the Marin County High Schools Auto Tech Advisory Committee is to strengthen ties between our school training programs and our local motor vehicle service industry to make education more relevant to the needs of the industry and to strengthen career pathways for our students.
1. Marin County High Schools Automotive Programs
• Supported by California’s Regional Occupational Program (ROP)
through Marin County Office of Education.
• Dedicated State funding for ROP programs has gone away. Current
and future funding is up to “local control.”
• Terra Linda High School (3 periods) taught by John Callas
• Car Appreciation & Preservation Program (2 classes) at Terra Linda taught
by John Callas
• Tamalpais High School (3 periods) taught by Dan Silin
• Programs at San Rafael HS, San Marin HS, and Novato HS closed in
2. What is an Advisory Committee?
• Industry professionals, including potential employers of graduates,
who understand the needs of the occupation being served.
• Develops recommendations for a Career Technical Education (CTE)
program, providing an informed viewpoint.
• Partnership between vocational education programs and
the industries and communities they serve.
• One of the most important parts of a successful automotive training
• The means for a vocational education curriculum to remain relevant
to business and industry needs.
• Functions of the Committee:
• Program Review
• Curriculum Content Advisement
• Equipment, Facilities, and Resources Review
• Career Guidance and Placement
• Community Public Relations
3. Marin County Automotive Advisory Committee
• This advisory committee was formed in the Spring of 2017.
• Some members of our committee also serve on the College of Marin Automotive Advisory Committee - this strengthens the Automotive Career Pathway
JARGON AND ORGANIZATIONS
• ASCCA: Automotive Service Council of California:
• ASE: National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence: familiar
organization for certifying technicians
• ASE Education Foundation (formerly NATEF): inspects, evaluates and
certifies training programs nationwide
• ASE Entry-Level Certification: tests and certifies student technicians
• ATTS: Automotive Technician Training Standards, inspects, evaluates
and certifies training programs in California
• CalABC: California Automotive Business Coalition
• CDE: California Department of Education, oversees public education
• CAT: California Automotive Teachers
Automotive Tech Work-Based Learning Activities Timeline
2017 - 2020
STUDENT INTERNSHIPS, JOB PLACEMENTS, CERTIFICATIONS, AND A TV FEATURE!
Tam student Alex Perry performing an internship at Malugani Tire in Mill Valley
2019 -2020 Entry-Level Certification
Tam student David Gilmore is earning ASE Entry Level certification.
Spring 2019 ASE Student Certification
Dane Whitmire of TL earns several ASE Student Certifications. Logan Lammer of TL is earning some too.
Spring 2019 Part-Time Jobs
Dane Whitmire and Roisin Feely working for Charlie Goodman at Checkers.
Fall 2018 Internship
Tam student Audrey Duenas interns at Malugani Tire Center in Mill Valley.
May 2018 Internships
Four Terra Linda students (Nate McDonald, Jack Laughlin, Izzy Gold, and Roisin Feely) and two Tamalpais students (Dylan Rivers and Mohammed Yacoobali) work at Mercedes-Benz of Marin under the guidance of Araceli Nunez, Quynh Dao, and Vince Van Hoven.
May 16, 2018 TV Feature
KRON-4 newswoman Catherine Heenan films feature story on Tamalpais Auto Tech program, interviewing Dan Silin, Vince Van Hoven, and students.
2018 Spring Internships
Tam students Sean Englebrechten working part-time at Audi Marin and Marcos Mendoza working part-time at Malugani Tires.
2018 Spring Part-Time Job
Terra Linda student Dane Whitmire working part-time at Checkers.
2017 Part-Time Job
Terra Linda student Kacey Baetz works as an intern and is later employed by Bonnie Estes at Vanguard Auto Repair.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE CONTACTS AND MEMBERS
Chairperson: Judd Blunk, Porsche Cars of North America (retired)
Secretary: Jesse Madsen, MCOE
Mark Barrall, College of Marin
Dave Del Grande, College of Marin
Charlie Goodman, Goodman Enterprises
Steve Hamilton, Audi Marin
George Hritz, ATTS, CAT, CalABC
Dale Miller, Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association
Brian Scott, Marin County Garage
Vincent Van Hoven, Mercedes of Marin (retired)
John Callas, CAPP Teacher
Jesse Madsen, MCOE
Dan Silin, Tamalpais District Auto Teacher
Corey Shultz, former CAPP teacher
DOCUMENTS AND LINKS
State CTE Advisory Committee Manual
Advisory Committee Information from NATEF
Auto Tech Advisory Committee Guidelines
Marin County Grand Jury Report
Automotive Technician Training Standards
Preparing Students for Career Success
Instructor of the Week - Dan Silin
October 28, 2020 Meeting
November 6, 2019 Meeting
May 8, 2019 Meeting
October 30, 2018 Meeting
May 8, 2018 Meeting
October 18, 2017 Meeting
May 4, 2017 Meeting