Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Madison High automotive technology teacher, program are honored

Teacher Omar Sevilla with a student.
Teacher Omar Sevilla with a student.
Madison High School’s automotive technology program and its teacher, Omar Sevilla, have been honored as 2013 Program of the Year by the California Industrial and Technology Association.

The program was cited as being "one of the finest examples of current teaching programs in the career technical education field," said the association's past president, John Chocholak.

Sevilla accepted the 2013 Program of the Year award from the association recently in Sacramento.

"We're state champs in auto, too," said Madison Principal Richard Nash. "Congratulations to Mr. Sevilla; it's his hard work that has made this such a quality facility."

The automotive technology program at Madison High was transformed in December 2010 with the opening of a 10,000 square foot facility housing eight auto bays as laboratories, classroom space for more than 70 students, energy efficient features and sustainable products and designed according to industry standards, based on input from professionals in various commercial automotive fields. The facility was built using Proposition S and state Proposition 1D matching funds.

Madison’s automotive program achieved industry certification from National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation in Spring 2012. Students can receive industry certification after completing a sequence of courses that enhances their employability. The current sequence of courses includes Transportation Technology, Automotive Technology and Brakes, Steering and Suspension.

For more information, contact Sevilla at (858) 496-8410.