CPCC graduates first class in Tesla START program

last modified Apr 06, 2018 04:00 PM

CPCC today held the graduation ceremony for the first class of Tesla START program students at its Merancas Campus in Huntersville, N.C.

Tesla, a manufacturer of electric vehicles and scalable clean energy generation and storage products, and CPCC launched the automotive training program called Tesla START in January. CPCC is the first community college to participate in Tesla START.

Tesla START is a 12-week automotive technician training program designed to provide students with the skills necessary for job placement as Service Technicians at Tesla Service Centers across North America. Tesla is partnering with colleges to provide the curriculum, instructors and job opportunity so students can make a smooth transition from college to full-time employment. Students train in a space on campus designed to simulate a Tesla Service location so they are ready to hit the ground running on day one of their new careers.

During the event, CPCC and Tesla representatives participated in a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the first graduating class and cut a Tesla-inspired cake, specially prepared by CPCC Baking & Pastry Arts student for the event (at left).

The Tesla START program at CPCC began in January with 13 students. Working together, Tesla and CPCC have built a service bay for students to train in that is similar to what they will find at Tesla Service Centers.

Learn more about the program.