Cerritos College Foundation Awards Spring Auto Scholarships
Jeannie M.T. Yang, SMCDA Northwood 3rd Year and SMCDA Automotive Technology Scholarships Honor Promising Students
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 26, 2008
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NORWALK, Calif. – March 26, 2008 – The Cerritos College Foundation awarded three automotive scholarships to eight outstanding students at its board meeting Thursday, March 13.
Todd Leutheuser, executive director of the Southland Motor Car Dealers Association (SMCDA), presented the Jeannie M.T. Yang Scholarship, SMCDA Northwood 3rd Year Scholarship and SMCDA Automotive Technology Scholarship.
The Jeannie M.T. Yang Scholarship, a $500 award was presented to Gabriel Cisneros of Whittier and Juan Morales, of Santa Fe Springs. The Jeannie M. T. Yang Automotive Scholarship awards a total of $2,000 each year to four promising students in the automotive department at Cerritos College. Dr. Jeannie M.T. Yang was a community college professor originally from mainland China who had a great passion for education.
The SMCDA Northwood 3rd Year Scholarship, a $1000 award, was awarded to Obdulio Rivera, of Los Angeles. This award assists Cerritos College students who have completed their first two years in automotive technology training and are pursuing their bachelor’s degree through Northwood University’s program offered at the Cerritos College campus.
The SMCDA Automotive Technology Scholarship, a $600 tool voucher toward the purchase of MATCO tools was received by Sherwin Marino, of Long Beach; Adolfo Flores, of Downey; Hector Medina, of Inglewood and Ricardo Martinez, of Downey. This scholarship was designed to assist the college’s automotive apprentice program students in purchasing tools to use in their classes. The tool voucher, combined with the 50% tool discount program which MATCO also provides for Cerritos College automotive students, is actually worth $1,200.
“There is no doubt that these outstanding students will become great assets to the automotive industry,” says Leutheuser. “It is exciting and truly inspiring to see these dedicated students work hard towards their career goals.”
The Southland Motor Car Dealers Association represents franchised new car dealers throughout Southern Los Angeles County.
Cerritos College has offered automotive training technology since the college began in 1955. The offerings consist of certificates degrees and special programs in the disciplines of automotive repair, advanced transportation technology, auto collision repair, intelligent transportation systems and alternative fuel and EV hybrid vehicles, making it one of the most comprehensive programs in the U.S. Students can also earn a bachelor’s degree in automotive management at Cerritos College through an agreement the college has with Northwood University.
Cerritos College’s Auto Technology Program provides students with hands-on, nationally authorized training for GM, Ford, DaimlerChrysler and import vehicles. The College also hosts an Advanced Transportation Technology Center, one of nine Centers in the state of California, to encourage use and development of clean, renewable energies, and alternative fuel sources.
The Cerritos College Foundation, a non-profit organization, serves as a charitable vehicle for the community, individuals and alumni, to assist with financial support of Cerritos College. Visit the Foundation online at www.cerritos.edu/ccf.
Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 200 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently nears 20,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at www.cerritos.edu.