• 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
        recent years



    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


    •  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
       in California

    •  CAT: California Automotive Teachers




    Automotive Tech Work-Based Learning Activities Timeline

    2017 - 2020


    Autotech timeline


    Auto Tech timeline



    Fall 2021

    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.




    Chairperson: Judd Blunk, Porsche Cars of North America (retired)

    Secretary: Ivan Diaz, MCOE


    Industry Reps:

    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




    State CTE Advisory Committee Manual

    Advisory Committee Information from NATEF

    ATTS Standards

    ATTS Task List

    Auto Tech Advisory Committee Guidelines

    Perkins Fact Sheet

    Marin County Grand Jury Report



    California CTE Framework

    Automotive Technician Training Standards

    Preparing Students for Career Success

    Instructor of the Week - Dan Silin

Past Meetings