Guest speaker at Saturday’s luncheon, Rocky Khamenian, ASCCA state vice president, talked about how ASCCA and educators can work together to help our industry train new technicians.More than two-dozen training sessions were offered focusing on instructor training and new technologies.The fall conference featured exhibits from 32 vendors and industry partners.

Fall CAT Conference focuses on NATEF instructor training and new technologies

Pasadena, Calif.—The California Automotive Teachers (CAT) association held its two-day 2017 fall conference at Pasadena City College with a focus on NATEF instructor training and new technologies. The conference had 32 exhibitors and presenters and 140 attendees.

“The 2017 fall conference was a great success,” said Don Schumacher, first past president of CAT and automotive technology program director at Yuba Community College. “Automotive instructor Wendy Lucko and her capable staff put on a fantastic conference.” 

 Thursday night Lucko secured a private tour of Space-X for the CAT board and there were a number of tours set up for Friday including the Tournament of Roses Parade Float building warehouse, the Nethercutt Museum, and K&N Performance.

Saturday lunch included a presentation recognizing several CAT members for their outstanding service to the organization and a speech by special guest Rocky Khamenian, owner of Bimmer and Benz Specialists and ASCCA state vice president, about how schools and the ASCCA can work together more closely (the ASCCA Education Foundation (ASCEF) awards scholarships to outstanding automotive students).

“Teachers should seek shop owners’ input on what employment needs are and how the industry is changing,” Khamenian said. “If you are complaining about the lack of technicians, you need to get involved in your local college and high school auto programs to not only advance our industry but also to have a chance to make a difference in a future tech’s career. We are the industry experts and can help guide the training path of new techs. 

 “We are very grateful for what teachers do and know that they are a huge part of solution for our industry. Many thanks to George Hritz, Wendy Lucko, James Cousteau and the many outstanding teachers that are part of ASCCA family,” Khamenian added. 

More than two-dozen training sessions were offered with a forward-thinking focus on instructor training and new technologies, all of which qualified attendees for NATEF instruction hours.

The spring 2018 CAT Conference will be held at Hartnell College in Salinas, April 27-28. For information, contact Valentine Rodriguez at 831-770-7078 or email


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