Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recently enlisted Lone Star College (LSC) – North Harris to serve as a service training site. 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 officially launched at LSC-North Harris on Oct. 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 Chysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram and Fiat products.”
The program will enable students to go to college and begin working at a Chysler, 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 US LLC 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 Associate of Applied Science degree in automotive technology. The college’s program is accredited by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF).
LSC-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.