|Musicians at the Coyote Music Festival|
In addition to nine bands performing on two stages at the college’s grand lawn between noon-5 p.m., food and craft vendors and street performers will keep the audience entertained between music acts. A farmer’s market set up at the Cuyamaca College campus each Saturday will also be extending its hours for the festival.
Noon – 12:30 p.m.
12:35 – 1
1:05 – 1:35
1:40 – 2:05
2:10 – 2:40
2:45 – 3:10
3:15 – 3:45
3:50 – 4:15
4:20 – 4:50
Polaroids and Petrichors
Auto techs in demand
Chris Branton, chair of the automotive technology program, said Automotive Skills Day is invaluable as a way to let the public know that automotive technicians are growing in demand, even as fewer high schools offer the training.
“It’s a high-cost program in this day of tight budgets,” he said. “We’re noticing it here at our college, as students are entering the program with less training and basic know-how than in the past. Meanwhile, fewer technicians are entering the job market, even though there’s a greater need for people trained to work on today’s high-tech vehicles.”
The average age for auto techs in the field is now 46½, Branton said, causing automakers concern that jobs vacated by retirement won’t be filled fast enough.
The opportunity for good-paying jobs in automotive technology is a prime message that the college seeks to share by hosting the auto skills competition, which this year will feature teams from El Capitan, Monte Vista, Ramona, Madison, Clairemont, and Poway high schools.
Sponsored in partnership with the Automotive Service Councils of America (ASCCA), with additional funding from the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges, the matchup takes place in the automotive technology building, with judges assessing students in eight Automotive Service Excellence, or ASE-certification skills, including engine repair, brakes, suspension and steering and transmission. In each category, contestants will be faced with both a hands-on test module as well as written questions.
For more information about the Coyote Music Festival, including links to bands, go to the student-created Facebook page, www.facebook.com/cuyamacamusic.
Parking is free for both events located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego. For more information about Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges, go to www.gcccd.edu