AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“This is a partnership that will have a truly positive effect on all students, both at the high school and college levels,” he added. The institute now enrolls students from the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District and the ABC Unified School Districts, as well as from the Southeast Regional Occupational Program. The new funding will allow the college to extend the program to other high schools and ROPs, said Randy Peebles, dean of Cerritos’ technology and business division. “We’ll be able to enroll an additional 65 students per program year, and we also will be able to expand curriculum for teaching about alternative fuels,” he said. It is a career opportunity high school students with an interest in cars should not pass up, advised Albert De La Cruz, 17, a senior at Glenn High School in Norwalk and a student in the program. “Not a lot of students get the hands-on experience with cars that I’ve had here, and not a lot of schools have auto mechanics programs at their campuses anymore,” he said. “I am very lucky.” He said he plans to attend Cerritos after graduating, earn a degree in automotive repair “and jump right into the auto industry and start making money.” According to 2004 statistics – the most recent available – from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the middle half of all automotive service technicians earned between $11.31 an hour and $20.75 an hour. The highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $26.22 an hour. For more information about Cerritos College’s program, call (562) 860-2451 or visit www.cerritos.edu. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – Cerritos College has received nearly a half-million dollars from the state to provide automotive repair training to area high school students. It is one of seven colleges in California to receive the grant. The $450,000 Quick Start Partnership In Advanced Transportation grant, awarded by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, will allow Cerritos to expand its Automotive Career Institute, where high school students are trained in auto repair and advanced transportation technology. The college created the institute as a way to entice high school students with an eye toward automotive careers to use Cerritos College as a pipeline into the auto industry, said Bill Farmer, vice president of academic affairs. “By providing parents and students with connections to high schools that offer automotive technology, we will be able to build program strength and give students a path for career interest,” he said.