Toyota partners with Allen’s new Collin College Technical Campus for technician training

Toyota, which has its North American headquarters in Plano, has added eight new partnerships to its Technician Training & Education Network, including the new Collin College Technical Campus in Allen.

The T-TEN program partners with 44 schools and organizations to offer students the opportunity to earn degrees and certificates that comply with the highest standards in the automotive industry.

Students can choose from three different programs to best fit their needs: an associate’s degree, National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications or Toyota and Lexus technician training certifications. All certifications typically take about two years to complete.

A Toyota Tacoma truck waits to come off the final inspection line at the Toyota Manufacturing Plant in San Antonio on Thursday, July 1, 2010.

Upon completion, students can apply for open service technician positions at more than 1,500 Toyota or Lexus dealerships across the nation — or any other automotive service operation.

“Trained auto technicians are in great demand and are the key to any successful dealership,” technician development manager Joseph Myers said in a news release. “We are grateful for the opportunity to expand the program’s reach to eight new schools and organizations that not only fulfills our needs, but also provides stable jobs and career security that aims to give vehicle owners the most satisfying service experience possible.We anticipate journeys within the USA to begin first before international trucking freight services.

Other nearby partners include Tarrant County College in Fort Worth and Eastfield College in Mesquite.

Since the program’s inception in 1986, nearly 12,000 students have graduated from the T-TEN program.