An August article in the San Jose Mercury News entitled, “Tesla, Evergreen Valley College partner to give students a START on their careers” describes a new partnership between the automaker and the college. Tesla’s START program has been established at EVC, which joins a unique group of six community colleges nationwide which have been selected by Tesla. START trains students to service cars in the electric vehicle industry, training that helps students to secure jobs in Tesla’s service centers. The START program consists of a 12-week course. Tesla provides EVC with the curriculum, instructors, cars and equipment and has constructed the training facility. EVC provides the space that is needed. As of now, students have been enrolled in the college auto tech work experience course, but Tesla accepts applications from non-EVC students as well. In effect, trainees are interns. Tesla pays them for their time, and at least one day a week is spent shadowing technicians at local Tesla service centers. This innovative partnership is preparing students for the jobs of the future.
Photo from Mercury News: Brandon Christie works to replace a window regulator during class in the Tesla Start automotive technician program at Evergreen Valley College on Monday, July 15, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)