Cerritos College Makes an Appearance at the NHRA Automobile Club World Finals
Nov 20, 2008
Author: Bobby Martin
Schools Chrysler's College Automotive Program (CAP) Represented at Career
Fair and Races by Top Alcohol Funny Car
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2008
Lesley Wheeler, Public Affairs; (562) 860-2451 ext.2287
NORWALK, Calif. - November 19, 2008 - The Cerritos College CAP
Program, along with the school's other corporate programs, attended the
National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Career Opportunities Fair Wednesday,
November 12, at the Pomona Fairplex.
The career fair is an annual event that brings high school students to
Pomona, the day before the NHRA Automobile Club World Finals, to be informed
about the different occupations associated with the sport, including
technician, driver, journalist or marketing and management.
Cerritos College was represented at the fair by several booths manned by
instructors and support staff.
The CAP Program went a step further at their booth with two Chrysler cars
and NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver, Bobby Martin. Martin and his race
car owner, Frank Parker, were both on hand to answer any questions the
have always enjoyed teaching," said Martin. "It draws students who might
otherwise not attend and, quite often, it inspires them to enter the
program. We have program graduates crewing for us right now.they credit CAP
for providing the knowledge to work on a complex race car."
Cerritos College CAP has been a long-time supporter of Martin and Parker and
helped their team make the trip to the Finals. In recognition of the
support, there is a large Cerritos College CAP Program decal on the hood of
the car Martin races.
"As the CAP coordinator, I utilized grant money to help finance Bobby
Martin's visit to the NHRA Auto Club World Finals competition for the
purpose of marketing Cerritos College CAP," said Cerritos College's Richard
Aragon. "In addition to the career fair, our CAP was also represented by a
booth in the race car's pit area and was manned by myself and Frank Vega
during the four-day event."
Cerritos College is the top college out of 35 school's nationwide
participating in the CAP Program.
Martin, racing in his Cerritos College decaled car, came in 4th place in his
category at the Finals. The car, along with Martin, will be televised on
the NHRA Lucas Oil Sportsman Series on ESPN2 at 9 a.m. PSTon Sunday, November
23, along with the others that placed within the top eight.
Chrysler's College Automotive
Program (CAP) is a two-year automotive program which allows students at
Cerritos College to gain experience servicing Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep
vehicles. During the two-year program, students take part in classroom
learning and gain hands-on internship experience at local dealerships -
something that has become increasingly necessary as automobiles become more
complex each year. Upon completion, students receive an associate degree and
become certified technicians for Chrysler vehicles. For more information on
Cerritos College's automotive training programs, visit us online at
or call 562.860.2451, ext. 2974.
Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for
southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college's district
include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada,
Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe
Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in
more than 200 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200
students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment
currently surpasses 24,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at