Miami Dade College

11/13/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/13/2019 11:11

Miami Dade College to Host Electric Vehicle Training Center Inauguration and Student Recognition Ceremony at West Campus Dec. 4

Miami, Nov. 13, 2019- Miami Dade College's (MDC) West Campus will host an inauguration ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m., of its new, one-of-a-kind and state-of-the-art Electric Vehicle Training Center that will train students as Tesla technicians for the leader in electric car design and manufacturing. MDC is the first institution in the Southeastern United States to partner with Tesla to offer a certificate training program for service technicians called Tesla START.

The Career Technical Certificate in Advanced Automotive Service Technology - Tesla Technician Program powered by Tesla START is an accelerated 12-week program that pays students while they train to become an electric vehicle technician. Tesla provides the vehicles, equipment, instructor, tools and curriculum for hands-on learning. Following successful completion of the program, students are eligible to work as full-time employees at a Tesla service center.

MDC is one of only six colleges nationwide to implement the Tesla START partnership, which is the company's way of working with colleges throughout the U.S. to educate students on electric vehicle technology and prepare them for careers at Tesla. Tesla collaborates with graduates to place them at Tesla service centers from Coral Gables to Tampa and across North America. More than 125 students have graduated from the Tesla START program nationally to date. The endeavor is part of MDC's 'Earn and Learn' initiatives which have already received major awards and recognition including the prestigious 2019 Lumina Foundation Education Innovation Judges' Choice Prize, a top national distinction.

MDC's School of Engineering, Technology and Design (EnTec) offers a variety of degree and certificate programs, including unique opportunities and access to in-demand and growing industries, such as cybersecurity, data analytics, cloud computing, and AR/VR. With input from top industry partners including Florida Power & Light, IBM and AWS, to name a few, courses deliver the education that the nation's top employers are looking for. For more information about the Tesla START program, visit www.mdc.edu/tesla or contact us at [email protected].