Cerritos College News Releases 2011

Cerritos College automotive professor is 2011 Community College Teacher of the Year

Richard Aragon honored by the L.A. County Industrial and Technology Education Association

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Richard Nicholson (LACITEA) and Richard AragonNORWALK, Calif. - June 1, 2011 -- Richard Aragon, a Buena Park resident and automotive professor at Cerritos College, received the Los Angeles County Industrial Technology Education Association (LACITEA) Community College Teacher of the Year award 2011.

The annual LACITEA Community College Teacher of the Year Award is among the highest honors given to a technology education community college teacher and is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and students.

"His dedication to the program and most importantly his students' success is the driving force behind his commitment. He works tirelessly to improve instruction and to advance the technology he teaches. This is a well-deserved honor," said Steve Berklite, instructional dean of Technology Division at Cerritos College.

Aragon, who also serves as the college's Chrysler College Automotive Program (CAP) coordinator, has taught in the Cerritos College Automotive Technology Program since 1994.

Testament to his success is the hundreds of graduates that have filled the need for qualified technicians in local Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep dealerships. He is also responsible for the facility and instruction in the area of brakes and suspension within the automotive program.

"Richard was the most outstanding instructor I ever had. He absolutely deserves it, not only for his knowledge, but also for his kindness and commitment to students. I wish I were there to congratulate him in person," said a CAP Program graduate Gerardo Oka.


The Los Angeles County Industrial Technology Education Association provides services and support to industrial technology education, vocational education, and regional occupational program teachers, students, and administrators throughout the greater Los Angeles area. The Association is affiliated with the International Technology Education Association, which represents more than 35,000 technology educators in the U.S.

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 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at http://www.cerritos.edu/.