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Lone Star College-North Harris selected as specialized training site for automotive giant

Lone Star College-North Harris was enlisted as one of 40 colleges to serve as a service training site for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) US LLC. The program, known as Mopar CAP (Career Automotive Program) Local, is sponsored in partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) to train approximately 1,000 students annually. The program will officially launch at LSC-North Harris on October 27.

“Together with our partner, NC3, we are making great progress in expanding our geographic footprint of training sites by identifying and certifying colleges nationwide, such as LSC-North Harris, that have a highly-qualified automotive program,” said John Fox, director of dealer training at FCA US LLC. LSC-North Harris is currently the only college in the greater Houston area participating in the program.

LSC-North Harris President Dr. Gerald Napoles said, “This new partnership is exciting for students enrolled in our successful automotive program. The automotive industry is always looking for qualified technicians to fill current positions because of the ever-changing technology and now our students will have a competitive advantage and be able to earn an excellent salary right out of college.”

According to Tom Robertson, director, career and applied technology at LSC-North Harris, “With Mopar CAP Local, our students will learn specific technologies used exclusively on Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram and Fiat products.”

The program will enable students to go to college and begin working at a Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge or Ram dealership. Chrysler also supplies each Mopar CAP college with training aids including the latest production vehicles, components, diagnostic equipment, service information and Chrysler-specific training materials.

“FCA is the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual sales, so there will be incredible employment opportunities for our students in the future,” Robertson added.

LSC-North Harris offers Level I or Level II stackable certificates and an AAS degree in automotive technology. The college’s program is accredited by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF).

Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. The college, which opened its doors in 1973, serves the residents of Aldine and Spring ISDs. Currently, more than 17,000 students attend class on the 200-acre main campus in addition to its two satellite centers; LSC-Greenspoint Center and LSC-Victory Center.

Lone Star College has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSC remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

Formed in 2014 through the merger of Fiat (founded in 1899) and Chrysler (founded in 1925), FCA is currently the seventh-largest automaker in the world. The National Coalition of Certification Centers, (NC3) is a network of education providers and corporations who develop and sustain industry recognized standards for technical training in the transportation (and energy, aviation and more) fields. Their certificates provide credentials with national recognition.