Tech Staff Involved in Train the Trainer Program

September 1, 2015

Topeka - A pair of Washburn Tech instructors became students at an NC3 Train-the-Trainer event this past summer in Kenosha, Wis.  Michael Clouser and Emiliano Arzate, Auto Service instructors, were among the first class of instructors to receive MoparCAP Local training. They are now teaching the curriculum to Washburn Tech students, preparing them to work on vehicles within the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) family including Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat brands.

“Typically, when a technician is trained, an employer invests a lot of time and money,” Arzate said. “Teaching FCA technician training curriculum to our students may certify them as a Level Zero and Level One FCA Technician which enables them to jump straight into a Fiat Chrysler dealership doing intermediate level work. Any prospective employer is likely to see much value within the certifications based on the commitment involved to achieve them.”

Josh Thompson, a Washburn Tech Climate and Energy Control instructor, also attended Train-the-Trainer sessions this summer, but was the trainer. He led other HVAC instructors through building automations curriculum developed by Trane. This is the second year that Thompson has served as a trainer, and the third year of involvement in the program. According to Thompson, other training centers around the country are beginning to take advantage of Train-the-Trainer and it is becoming a fast-growing program in the world of technical education.

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