Shoreline Community College graduates its second class of Tesla service technicians

Sunday, March 31, 2019

2019 Tesla graduates. Instructor Luke Thompson, left.
College President Cheryl Roberts, 4th from left
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, Shoreline Community College graduated its second class of service technicians for the electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla.

Instructor Luke Thompson displays the
college certificates and Tesla certifications
the graduates will receive
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
The class is a collaboration between the college and Tesla, which provides vehicles, tools, and instruction materials - and hires the graduates at service centers across North America.

It's a new approach to vocational job training. Instead of sending students through a generalized class, this course trains specifically for Tesla.

The college has three other highly successful automotive programs each specializing in a specific make of vehicle.

And what is the advantage for Tesla?

According to Martti Thomas, Operations and Implementation Manager for Tesla START,

“Tesla is working with some of the best automotive education programs in the country — like Shoreline Community College — to educate students on electric vehicle technology and our unique approach to customer service to prepare them for a career at Tesla.  
"Shoreline Community College is one of the North West’s top automotive tech schools and offers a wide range of different automotive manufacturing programs. 
"Students graduate with a full time job, certification and the skills necessary to succeed in the growing electric vehicle industry."

Rep. Ruth Kagi congratulations members of the 2018 class
at the ribbon cutting and first graduation
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Last year's inaugural class of 10 students, also under instructor Luke Thompson, completed an intensive 12-week training and were quickly employed by Tesla service centers. About half of them found employment in the Puget Sound area and the rest went to dealerships in other states.

Dr. Cheryl Roberts addresses the crowd
at the 2018 graduation and ribbon cutting.
Graduates sit in the front row.
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

This year Shoreline CC graduated a new class of ten students, all with Tesla certifications.

Cheryl Roberts, President of Shoreline Community College said “These students have bright futures ahead of them in the fast-paced electric vehicle industry and Shoreline Community College is so pleased to pioneer this training in Washington state.”


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