The Cerritos College Foundation
11110 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650
562-860-2451 ext. 2536
Pipelines to the Future:
Addressing the Needs of the Automotive Sector
It is hard to imagine that a region housing both the nation's largest automotive market and one
of the state's best automotive training programs would face difficulty training and recruiting
students for careers with guaranteed placement, competitive salaries, and great benefits. However,
this is the reality Cerritos College and its main partner, the Southland Motor Car Dealers
Association (SMCDA), are trying to change in the Southern Los Angeles region.
Cerritos College and SMCDA have taken leading roles in a consortium of local organizations that
aim at implementing training, recruiting and outreach efforts to raise awareness of local students,
teachers, counselors and parents of the lucrative opportunities in auto careers. The resulting programs
developed with the Southland/Cerritos Center for Transportation Technologies (SCCTT) are
not just a pipeline, but a model for high schools, community colleges, and industry to engage in
regional planning efforts that so far has brought positive results to all involved.