April 2, 2018
Tesla, manufacturer of electric vehicles and scalable clean energy generation and storage products, and Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) have launched an automotive training program called Tesla START at CPCC. CPCC is the first community college to participate in Tesla START.
Tesla START is a 12-week automotive technician training program designed to provide students with the skills necessary for job placement as service technicians at Tesla Service Centers across North America. Tesla is partnering with colleges to provide the curriculum, instructors and job opportunity so students can make a smooth transition from college to full-time employment. Students train in a space on campus designed to simulate a Tesla Service location so they are ready to hit the ground running on day one of their new careers.
The Tesla START program at CPCC began in January with 13 students. The program is based at CPCC's Merancas Campus in Huntersville, N.C. Working together, Tesla and CPCC have built a service bay for students to train in that is similar to what they will find at Tesla Service Centers. This first class of Tesla START students at CPCC will graduate April 6. A ceremony will be held at the Merancas Campus.
"Central Piedmont Community College is proud and honored Tesla reached out to us with the opportunity to be among their first community college partners," said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, CPCC president. "This is such an extraordinary, new opportunity for CPCC students in our Automotive Systems Technology program and one that will set them up for success in a growing field. Clearly, the automobile industry is moving toward all-electric systems and greater sustainability. CPCC students will be on the cutting-edge of this industrial shift."