March 27, 2024
Location: Sheraton Universal Hotel
Congratulations to long time GLANCDA Board member Pete Smith for being a Time Dealer of the Year nominee at the recent National Auto Dealer Association meeting in Las Vegas. This honor went out to 50 deserving dealers throughout the country and Pete represented the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealer association.
The California Automotive Teacher conference, sponsored by Glancda, was held on Saturday October 21 at Pierce College. The event brought together over 200 administrators, instructors, vendors, and industry professionals.
Glancda is proud to support the California Automotive Teacher conference and remains dedicated to connecting industry and education. By showcasing the outstanding career opportunities available in the automotive field and addressing the shortage of quality technicians, Glancda aims to inspire and educate the next generation of automotive professionals. The success of the conference at Pierce College is a testament to the commitment and passion of the attendees, who are all working towards a common goal of providing the best possible education and resources for student technicians. Glancda looks forward to continuing this important work and making a positive impact on the automotive industry in California.
GLANCDA was proud to host a Career Fair and Career Pathways event at the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show®), held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles.
On November 18, GLANCDA hosted aspiring automotive technology workers from local community colleges and high schools, introducing them to active industry members seeking to expand their workforce. The Career Fair is a major part of GLANCDA's commitment to grow a skilled workforce in the automotive service departments of new car dealerships.
Students who attended the career fair had face-to-face interactions with new car dealership managers offering lucrative work opportunities. After the career fair, students were able to explore the show floors and learn about the latest technology in the automotive industry.
"I was able to meet a lot of new people and give them information about myself," said Charlie Mendes, an automotive technology student at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. "[One hiring dealer] said they were very interested in me because of the certificates I have. I'm hoping to get a call from them in the future and work for the dealership."
As of November 2022, there are over 1,500 open technician positions across Southern California while dealerships are selling and servicing more vehicles in Southern California alone than most states. GLANCDA is working to ensure this demand is met.
The next day, GLACNDA hosted hundreds of kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and Boys & Girls Clubs located throughout greater Los Angeles to teach them about the automotive industry and potential career paths.
"GLANCDA and its member dealers have long been dedicated supporters of growing the automotive workforce in the Los Angeles region and it is now more important than ever to help support the training for the next generation of auto technology workers," said Bob Smith, executive director of GLANCDA. "Introducing these kids and students to the many exciting opportunities available in the auto industry is a rewarding experience for all of us."
Pasadena, Calif. - Jesuit Charities and the Dolores Mission Church were the recipients of a $10,000 donation from the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association (GLANCDA), to support the church's Adopt-a-Student program for the Dolores Mission School. Peter Smith, GLANCDA board director, presented the check to Father Theodore Gabrielli, S.J, Dolores Mission Church; Karina Moreno-Corgan, president of Dolores Mission School; and Evie Garay, principal of Dolores Mission School.
"We are so grateful for the support from GLANCDA and their commitment to bettering our community in Los Angeles," said Fr. Gabrielli. "Thanks to organizations like GLANCDA, we're able to provide life-changing opportunities for disadvantaged communities."
The funds will be used to support Dolores Mission School's Adopt-a-Student program. Dolores Mission School is a Catholic parish grade school (TK-8) committed to serving low-income families in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.
More than half of the school's students matriculate to Catholic High Schools; of those who attend Catholic High Schools, 98% continue to college. The school currently has 80 alumni who are attending top schools across California. 75% of the families at Dolores Mission School earn incomes below the U.S. poverty level.
Over the years, GLANCDA and its franchise dealer members have been active in philanthropic efforts across the Los Angeles region. GLANCDA has long supported local educational institutions and youth programs by giving more than $500,000 in donations. GLANCDA has been a proud supporter of the Dolores Mission Church, the Life Steps Foundation, Homeboy Industries, and the Boys and Girls Club.
"Our members have long been dedicated supporters of the Los Angeles region," Smith said. "We are committed to supporting programs that better our communities and help put disadvantaged kids into positions to succeed. Dolores Mission Church and School are shining examples in the Boyle Heights community and Los Angeles as a whole."
Woodland Hills, Calif. - Los Angeles Pierce College was the recipient of a $40,000 donation from the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association (GLANCDA), to support the college's automotive service technology program. Bob Smith, GLANCDA executive director, presented the check to Pierce College automotive service technology professors Alex Villalta and Tom Fortune in April of 2022. GLANCDA board member Howard Tenenbaum, who is the vice president of Keyes Automotive Group, was instrumental in identifying Pierce College as the recipient of this donation.
"We are honored by the support from the GLANCDA and their commitment to developing the next generation of automotive service professionals," said Pierce College Interim President Aracely Aguiar. "Our automotive service technology program continues to grow thanks to generous donations from organizations like GLANCDA."
Pierce College intends to use the funds to invest in used vehicle training aids, including OBD II compliant vehicles from wholesale auction lots and stick shift vehicles for manual transmission workshops and instruction, such as driving a stick shift in a dealer environment. The funds will also be earmarked for other instructional aids, including materials for the new expanded automotive building, which will open at Pierce College this Fall.
"Cars that can be used as teaching aids are an invaluable resource for our department," Fortune said. "We are so thankful for GLANCDA's support of Pierce College and the automotive professional industry as a whole." Pierce College's automotive service technology program provides students with the knowledge and skills for maintenance and repair of brakes, suspension systems, electronic systems, emission systems, climate-comfort control systems, and all aspects of automotive repair.
Monterey Park, Calif. - On February 14, East Los Angeles College's (ELAC) Automobile Technology Department was the recipient of a $5,000 donation from the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association (GLANCDA). The money will be used to upgrade alignment equipment so students can continue to learn using the latest technology. GLANCDA board member, Robb Hernandez, who is the president of Camino Real Chevrolet, presented the check to Adrian Banuelos, the chair of the ELAC Auto Tech Department.
"We are so pleased to be able to help support the training of the next generation of auto technology workers, and the facility here at the college where students train is top notch," said Hernandez. "Our industry is currently in great need of trained technicians, so ensuring that we have a skilled workforce is a number one priority for our industry."
At ELAC, students use state-of-the-art technology to train, and students may enter the program with no prior experience and build their skills. Students are trained by faculty members who are ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Master Technicians, with many years of experience in the auto industry. Students receive both lectures and hands-on laboratory experience that describe the mechanical systems of today's modern cars, and the latest computer assisted repair and testing equipment available at the college prepares students to easily transition into the workforce.
"Our members recognize the important need to have these well-trained technicians available to our industry and we are honored to be able to support programs like these at community colleges across the greater Los Angeles region," said Bob Smith, executive director of GLANCDA. "Over the years, GLANCDA and our franchise dealer members have supported local educational institutions and their automotive training programs by giving more than $500,000 in donations used for student scholarships, program enhancements, facility upgrades and other related initiatives."
Santa Clarita, Calif. - On Thursday, February 17, College of the Canyons was the recipient of a $10,000 donation from the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association (GLANCDA), to support the college's automotive technology program. GLANCDA board member, Jeannie Brewer, who is the owner/general manager of Acura of Glendale, presented the check to Nadia Cottie, dean of applied technology at the college, and Gary Sornberger, professor of automotive technology and department chair.
"We are honored to be able to help support and train future automotive technicians by directing funds to community colleges so they can offer student scholarships, buy needed tools and equipment, including vehicles, that are critical for training," said Brewer. "Ensuring that we have a skilled workforce is extremely important for our industry, which is currently in dire need of trained technicians."
College of the Canyons intends to use the funds to invest in electric vehicle training aids. Professor Sornberger also noted the significant need for skilled automotive technicians and expressed appreciation for the new training opportunities these funds will bring to students exploring this career path.
Over the years, GLANCDA and their franchise dealer members have supported local educational institutions and their automotive training programs by giving more than $500,000 in donations used for student scholarships, program enhancements, facility upgrades and other related initiatives.
"Our members have long been dedicated supporters of these efforts across the greater Los Angeles region," said Bob Smith, executive director of GLANCDA. "We are committed to supporting job growth and creation in the region, and are so pleased to be able to support these important workforce development programs."
Norwalk, CA - The Cerritos College Foundation received a $10,000 donation from the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association (GLANCDA) to support the College's Automotive Technology Program. Matt Browning, board member of GLANCDA and president and partner at Browning Automotive Group, presented the check to Nazih Yehya, chairman of the Cerritos College Foundation Board, Joe Mulleary, chair of the Automotive Technology Program, and Carol Krumbach, executive director of the Cerritos College Foundation, on January 19. The funds will support student scholarships.
"GLANCDA has partnered with the Cerritos College Automotive Program for many years. Continuing this support will help educate well-trained technicians and future leaders of our industry," said Bob Smith, executive director of GLANCDA. "We are committed to supporting workforce development and job creation in the region."
GLANCDA and its franchise dealers have been dedicated supporters of Cerritos College's automotive programs, generously donating more than $500,000 toward student scholarships, facility upgrades, and training enhancement. Most recently, GLANCDA donated $10,000 to the College in October 2021.
Cerritos College's Auto Technology Program provides students with hands-on technical skills. The program is a nationally authorized training site for GM, Ford, Chrysler, and import vehicles. The College also hosts an Advanced Transportation and Logistics program, one of 10 centers in California. The program advances the workforce in the rapidly developing, technology-driven transportation and energy industries while improving the environment and stimulating the economy.
About Cerritos College Foundation: The Cerritos College Foundation, a non-profit organization, serves as a charitable vehicle for the community, individuals, and alumni, to assist with the financial support of Cerritos College beyond that which state funding supports. Visit the Foundation online at www.CerritosCF.org.
About Cerritos College: 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. Enrollment currently averages 21,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at https://www.cerritos.edu/.
Club members at the Dean A Eastman/Fairfield Club gathered in the gym for the presentation of $10,000 from The Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association (GLANCDA) on Wednesday, January 12. Funds donated by the Association will expand the workforce development programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach to include auto sales and auto tech careers.
President of Browning Automotive Group and Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach Board Member, Matt Browning, was instrumental in securing the donation to the Clubs. He said, "The Browning Automotive Group and The Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association support the efforts of Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach. This $10,000 grant will help with operational expenses and allow the maximum number of young people being served by the organization to continue strong."
"GLANCDA is honored to be part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach's family," Bob Smith, Executive Director of GLANDCA said. "Through these partnerships with our local community organizations, we are able to help improve the futures for the children in the Greater Los Angeles area."
Chief Executive Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach, Don Rodriguez, added, "There are so many auto career opportunities in Long Beach, from the trucks at the Port of Long Beach, to the car dealers and mechanics around the area, that will become available to our Club members thanks to programs like the one GLANDCA is supporting. This funding will help start our youth on the best path to become productive and contributing citizens of our community."
Norwalk, Calif. - October 12, 2021 - The Cerritos College Foundation received a $10,000 donation from the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association (GLANCDA) to support the College's Automotive Technology Program. Bob Smith, executive director of GLANCDA, presented the check to Joe Mulleary, chair of the Automotive Technology Program, Carol Krumbach, executive director of the Cerritos College Foundation, and Bill Stephens, Foundation board member and general manager of Norm Reeves Hyundai, on October 12. The funds will support student scholarships, training equipment, and other program needs.
"We are excited for the opportunity to support future talent and leaders of our industry," said Smith. "The automotive program at Cerritos College is one of the best in the region to train much needed skilled technicians and automotive professionals."
GLANCDA and its franchise dealers have been dedicated supporters of Cerritos College's automotive programs, generously donating funds toward student scholarships, facility upgrades, and training enhancement. GLANCDA is committed to supporting workforce development and job creation in the region.
Cerritos College's Auto Technology Program provides students with hands-on technical skills. The program is a nationally authorized training site for GM, Ford, Chrysler, and import vehicles. The College also hosts an Advanced Transportation and Logistics program, one of 10 centers in California. The program advances the workforce in the rapidly developing, technology-driven transportation and energy industries, while improving the environment and stimulating the economy.
Long Beach City College's Automotive Technology program received an unsolicited $10,000 donation from the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association.
"Long Beach City College is surprised and grateful to receive this generous donation from the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association in recognition of our excellent Automotive Technology program," said Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees President Uduak-Joe Ntuk. "This money is certainly a tribute to our incredible faculty and classified staff who are tireless in preparing our students to successfully enter in the automotive industry. Their work alone makes LBCC's Automotive Technology the exceptional program it is today."
"The New Car Dealers of Los Angeles County are proud partners with Long Beach City College's automotive repair and service program," said Jake Kahen, General Manager of Lexus of Cerritos, and a member of the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association. "Providing financial assistance that can be used for equipment upgrades or tuition assistance for students is a way to help develop the technicians of our future."
The $10,000 will be used to help LBCC's Automotive Technology students with scholarships, purchasing cutting-edge technology and equipment for LBCC classrooms, and to provide recent graduates with new tools once they enter in the industry if they can't afford to purchase them on their own.
"This gift will go directly to benefit our Automotive Technology program and students," said Long Beach Community College District Interim Superintendent-President Dr. Mike Muñoz. "It's not uncommon to hear about faculty paying out of their own pocket to provide tools for our students once they graduate the program to ensure that they are successful. Now we have a way to help our alumni once they enter the automotive industry."
For more information about LBCC's Automotive Technology program, please visit www.LBCC.edu/auto.
GLANCDA continues its many years of support of Homeboy Industries and Dolores Mission School. GLANCDA Director Pete Smith (Bob Smith Toyota) has been influential in making this support happen, and is consistent with GLANCDA's mission of giving back to the communities that New Car Dealerships reside in!
Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated people, allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community.
Each year, over 10,000 former gang members from across Los Angeles come through Homeboy Industries' doors in an effort to make a positive change.
They are welcomed into a community of mutual kinship, love, and a wide variety of services ranging from tattoo removal to anger management and parenting classes.
Dolores Mission School is a Catholic parish grade school (TK-8) committed to serving low-income families in Los Angeles. Together with the family, they strive to educate the whole child, academically, spiritually, physically, and morally, in a nurturing environment.
Their students and their families are part of a larger faith community with a rich cultural identity. As an integral part of a Jesuit parish, their goal is to empower the children to rise out of poverty by becoming educated leaders in their community, "women and men for and with others."
For the third consecutive year, the Citrus College Automotive Technology program received a $10,000 donation from the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association (GLANCDA).
Founded in 1907, GLANCDA is a philanthropic organization of factory-franchised dealers that provides educational assistance to communities in Los Angeles County.
"GLANCDA is proud to support Citrus College's robust auto tech program," said Bob Smith, GLANCDA's executive director. "We are thrilled that this donation will help the college's talented and hard-working students move one step closer to a successful career in automotive repair."