Mission & Goals

GRCC Automotive students

Mission Statement

The Automotive Technology Department provides community learners with quality, state-of-of-the-art training leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology. Students receive outcome-oriented, curricular offered in individual and group learning environments designed to meet the needs of all learners. The faculty utilizes the latest teaching techniques, sound learning objectives, and state-of-the-art equipment to provide learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to gain entry-level technician employment in the ever-changing Automotive Repair Industry.


  1. To assist students in obtaining the technical skills and workplace ethics necessary to qualify for employment and success in the Automotive Repair Industry.
    • Meet twice yearly with Advisory Committee to review curriculum and equipment and update curriculum in response to changes in the industry.
    • Work with college administration to ensure necessary resources to keep faculty current through faculty development opportunities.
    • Maintain a facility and inventory of tools, equipment, and technology that duplicates a professional automotive repair business.
    • Align our curriculum with that of national organizations whose purpose is to promote professionalism and integrity within the industry
    • Provide workplace ethics education through an example set by faculty and via the incorporation of attendance, punctuality, respect for peers and cultural diversity in the evaluation of students. The faculty of the automotive technology program will not tolerate inflammatory speech, ethnic slurs, sexual harassment, or disrespect of cultural and personal differences.
  2. To be an active partner with local high schools in the promotion, recruitment and education of future professionals for the automotive repair industry.
    • Maintain and promote Tech. Prep. Articulation agreements with interested high schools in our consortium.
    • Promote the Running Start Program in South King County.
  3. To increase the percentage of students that complete the program with an AAS degree.
    • Institute a process to provide each learner with regular comprehensive and personal advising.
    • Work with other divisions to ensure that the related General Education courses are conveniently offered.
  4. To stress within the curriculum and the facility, the latest environmental and safety practices.
    • Operate the program in compliance with the latest environmental and safety practices.
    • Work with the college administration and facilities department to ensure that the shop meets all appropriate ecological and safety standards.
  5. To increase the use of state-of-the-art multimedia training resources.
    • Develop internet reference materials and training programs.
    • Establish and maintain a library of the latest inter-active training software.
    • Network all lab computers so that access is easily attainable by students.