Los Angeles Pierce College hosted a celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony for its 21,233- square-foot Advanced Automotive Technology Building in October, which the college called the San Fernando Valley’s premier automotive fundamentals training center for clean energy systems.
The $22.3 million building features three automotive double bay laboratories tailored to teach the curriculum in the areas of alternative fuel, advanced diagnostics and hybrid and electric vehicle technologies. The auto complex will also provide space for up to 90 vehicles and includes 10 electric charging stations.
Students will be offered courses to obtain associate degrees, (B)ASE certificates, smog certificates and snap-on certificates.
“We are excited to see another beautiful new building open up on one of our campuses,” Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez said in a statement. “Past voter approved bonds have immeasurably helped us improve the educational experience for students across our nine campuses, and this building will add to that legacy.”
LACCD successfully put Measure LA on this year’s general election ballot, which asks voters to approve a $5.3 billion bond that would finance construction and renovations on LACCD campuses.
“I am thrilled to celebrate Pierce College’s 75 years of service with leaders in our community, and at the same time introduce our Advanced Automotive Technology Building,” LA Pierce College Interim President Ara Aguiar said in a statement. “This impressive facility will be a game changer for keeping Pierce College students on the leading edge of alternate fuel and electric vehicles emerging in the automotive industry.”
The facility will open for classes in spring 2023 and sits on the west side of Pierce College’s campus adjacent to its long-running traditional automotive service technology site.