The Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealer Association is Proud to Support the Workforce Development of Los Angeles County
The Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealer Association and its factory-franchised dealer members are proud contributors to the economy of Los Angeles County and the well-being and growth of their individual communities.
Through GLANCDA's philanthropic giving, the organization continues to elevate the importance of workforce development and training opportunities available throughout the greater Los Angeles region. There is a severe shortage of qualified workers to fill the many rewarding jobs in the auto industry and auto tech fields. Communicating this important narrative has been and will remain a priority of GLANCDA.
From July 2021 through February 2022, GLANCDA donated a total of $250,000, including $130,000 to support local community colleges in support of their automotive technology training programs and $120,000 to various community organizations.
Take a look at some of our recent philanthropy efforts:
GLANCDA Gives $10,000 Grants to Three Los Angeles Community Colleges
At the Career Fair and Career Pathway Event, GLANCDA was proud to present $10,000 grants for the automotive technology programs at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Pasadena College, and Rio Hondo College.
"One of the association's highest priorities is making sure that money and resources are directed to our community college partners across the region," said Evan Ellis, GLANCDA board member and general manager of Fiat and Alfa Romeo of Glendale, addressing the students at the career fair.
The funds will be used for student scholarships, automotive technology program enhancements, facility upgrades, and other related initiatives. The auto industry continues to grow and innovate, and that means a skilled workforce is needed to meet the demand for services and support the changing technology in modern vehicles.
GLANCDA understands this need for skilled workers, and has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to help support college programs and students pursuing auto industry careers.
GLANCDA Supports Local Charities Across the Region
The YMCA of Glendale, in partnership with Gregg Bussjaeger Memorial Foundation, hosted their annual golf tournament on October 14. The YMCA of Glendale is a nonprofit that has been serving the surrounding community since 1922. "The Y" is committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
The tournament, which was attended by GLANCDA member dealers, helped raise money for YMCA youth programs at the Glendale YMCA location.
Villa Esperanza Services hosted their annual Tournament of Hope on October 24. Villa Esperanza has been supporting the Los Angeles region for 60 years, supporting intellectually/developmentally disabled individuals by offering individualized programs and a continuum of care over the course of a lifetime.
The Tournament of Hope, hosted at San Gabriel Country Club each fall, benefits the diverse programs that Villa provides for children, adults, and seniors with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Pierce College Celebrates Ribbon Cutting for the Advanced Automotive Technology Building
In recognition of 75 years of service in the West San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Pierce College hosted a celebration and ribbon cutting for the Advanced Automotive Technology Building — Pierce College's latest achievement in the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) bond program.
The building will be the premier automotive fundamentals training center in the San Fernando Valley for clean energy systems, preparing Auto Tech students for jobs in the era of Alternative Fuel Vehicles.
Pierce's new Advanced Automotive Technology Building features three automotive double bay laboratories specifically designed to teach cutting-edge curriculum in the areas of alternative fuel, advanced diagnostics, and hybrid & electric vehicle technologies.
GLANCDA was proud to support development of the Advanced Automotive Technology Building, donating $40,000 last Spring to support the college's automotive service technology program. 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
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GLANCDA to Host Career Fair and Career Pathway Event at the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show
GLANCDA will be hosting 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. GLANCDA invited aspiring automotive technology workers from local community colleges, as well as kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and Boys & Girls Clubs located throughout greater Los Angeles.
"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. "We're very excited to introduce these kids and students to the many exciting opportunities available in the auto industry"
GLANCDA will be hosting the Career Fair and Career Pathways event during the first two public days of the auto show on November 18th and 19th. Attendees of the career event will have the opportunity to engage with exhibitors who are focusing on electrification, culture, future mobility, and connectivity.
Founded in 1907 and hosted each fall, the LA Auto Show is one of the most influential and best-attended automotive shows globally. With over 1 million square feet of show space dedicated to the Auto Show, attendees of the GLACNDA Career Fair and Career Pathways event will have the opportunity to explore the larger event, experience the latest in automotive technology, meet influential industry members, and become motivated to pursue a variety of career opportunities in the industry.
If you're attending the LA Auto Show and want to meet the aspiring auto workers of tomorrow, send an email to GLACNDA Executive Director Bob Smith at email@example.com.
Los Angeles Pierce College
Pierce College was the recipient of a $40,000 donation from the GLANDCA 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.
College of the Canyons
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.
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.
Life Steps Foundation
Life Steps Foundation SoCal Adult Services was the recipient of a $20,000 donation from the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association (GLANCDA), to enhance services provided to their clients with developmental disabilities. GLANCDA board member, Ian Thomas, who is the dealer principal at Thomas Acura in Covina, presented the check to Bob Turner, program coordinator for the foundation.
Life Steps Adult Services programs empower their clients to become involved in their life management, make informed choices, and participate in self-advocacy. Their service model recognizes the unique challenges that people with developmental disabilities encounter and their programs address them all, from independent living and personal fulfillment to parenting and family preservation