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Instructor Profiles

nstructor Richard AragonName:Richard Aragon
Length of Employment with Cerritos College Automotive? 14 years
Teaches: Auto 140Suspension & Steering; Auto 150 Brakes; Auto 161 Chrysler Electricity; Auto 181 Chrysler Engine Management Systems; Auto 179 Chrysler Air Conditioning
Work Experience: Military wheeled-vehicle mechanic, Lube Technician, Tune-up Technician, A/C Technician, Electrical Technician, Nissan Dealership Technician, Nissan Service Writer
College Education/Degrees: BA in Industrial Studies, CSULA; MA in Industrial & Technical Studies, CSULA
Special Certifications: ASE Master Automobile Technician (8 areas), ASE Advanced Level Specialist (L1)
Professional Organizations: California Automotive Teachers (CAT)
Pastime/Hobby: Swimming, cycling, U.S. History


Instructor Tony BaronName: Tony Baron
Length of Employment with Cerritos College Automotive?Part time from 1978-1986 and full time from 1986-present.
Teaches:Ford ASSET Training-Emissions/Smog Inspection Program
Work Experience:Cadillac Dealership/Independent Garage/Garage owner from 1964-1986
College Education/Degrees:AS AA from Pierce College, BA fromCal State LA
Special Certifications:Ford Training Instructor, California Emission Instructor, ASE Masters 36 years.
Professional Organizations:SCTA-Southern California Timing Association. C.A.T.-California Auto Teacher. 200 M.P.H. Bonneville Club Life Member
Pastime/Hobby:Building Hot Rods. Competing in Bonneville Salt Flats-El Mirage Drylake-Land Speed Racing. And Building Speed Equipment for Ford Flathead Race Engines.


Instructor Jon BenderName: Jon W. Bender
Length of Employment with Cerritos College Automotive? 20 Years
Teaches: Ford A.S.S.E.T. Instructor
Work Experience: Dealership technician for 10 years. F.B.I. garage for 6 years.
College Education/Degrees: A.A., A.S., Los Angeles Pierce College. B.A., California State University Los Angeles.
Special Certifications: Ford Motor Company Certified, A.S.E. Certified in Engines, Electrical, Heating, Air Conditioning, Brakes, Suspension and Steering, Engine Performance, Manual and Automatic Transmissions, and Advanced Engine Performance.
Professional Organizations: Member of California Automotive Teachers Association (C.A.T.)
Pastimes/Hobbies: 4x4 off-roading, snow skiing, motorcycles (dirt bikes, atvs) riding.

 Instructor Leonard GlickName: Leonard Glick
Length of Employment with Cerritos College Automotive? Finishing mythird year
Teaches: The Import Technician Training Program classes along with Auto 100
Work Experience: Training instructor with Nissan Motor Corporation. Field Service Engineer and Technical Center Manager with Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America. Recall and Service Campaign Specialist with Nissan Motor Corporation
College Education/Degrees: BA and MA degrees in Industrial Education from CSULB
Special Certifications: ASE certifications in A1 through A8 plus L1. California Smog Check Technician License
Professional Organizations: Society of Automotive Engineers
Pastime/Hobby: Working with cars and just about anything else that moves.


 Instructor Kevin TaylorName: Kevin Taylor
Length of Employment with Cerritos College Automotive? Teaching Automotive at Cerritos College since 1991.
Teaches: Currently teaching the General Motors ASEP program, Automatic Transmissions, Manual Transmissions, and IMPCO Technologies Fuel Systems.
Work Experience: Self employed as owner operator of Pacific Automotive, an automotive wholesale and retail dealership. Pacific Automotive also provides dealership customer relations consulting and new vehicle delivery programs.Before being self employed, I was with Chrysler Corporation working as a District Service manager.
College Education/Degrees: Graduate of Long Beach State University, BA Industrial Education, MA Industrial Education.
Special Certifications: ASE certified Master Technician and F1 Alternative Fuels.
Professional Organizations: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE),California Automotive Teachers (CAT), California Industrial and Technology Education Association (CITEA), and California Community College Association for Occupational Education (CCCAOE).
Pastime/Hobby: Mountain biking and camping.


 Instructor Frank VegaName: Frank J. Vega, Automotive Technology Instructor
Length of Employment with Cerritos College Automotive? Since 2001.
Teaches: Auto 100, Chrysler (CAP)/Import Technician Training Program (ITTP), Brakes, Steering and Suspension, Engines, Drivetrain, Transmissions and Axles, Electronic Engine Management Systems.
Work Experience: Dodge Dealership, and a Family owned Independent Shop.
College Education/Degrees: Chrysler (CAP 12) graduate, AA Degree (with honors) Cerritos College, BA Degree University of La Verne.
Special Certifications: Chrysler Factory Certified, ASE Certified, Automotive Manufacturer Specialty Certificate.
Pastime/Hobby: Spending time with my children, Traveling, Movies and Working Out.

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