SCC Partners with Toyota for New Training Program


Students entering Southeastern Community College’s automotive technology program this fall will have a new opportunity to earn a certification as a Toyota Maintenance Technician. This certification level is the first step in building a career as Toyota Technician at a dealership. Thanks to a new partnership with Toyota Motor North America (TMNA), the new Technician Education College Support (TECS) Elite program will prepare completers for technician positions at Toyota and Lexus dealerships, and service centers across the country.

“We’re excited to partner with Toyota,” said Ashlee Spannagel, SCC’s dean of career and technical education. “Our students will have the chance to learn on the latest and greatest training technology provided by Toyota. It’s a great opportunity for them to add to their skillset so they’re even more employable once they graduate.”

As a TECS Elite partner, Toyota will supply SCC with vehicles for the automotive technology program, curriculum content created by Toyota, and access to training resources for automotive students.

SCC will be the only TECS Elite program in the Midwest.

SCC automotive instructor and TECS Elite program lead, Tim Hunter, is impressed with the partnership.

“Thanks to TECS Elite, we now have everything we need to teach students about Toyotas,” said Hunter. “All of the training equipment they’re providing — cars, engines, diagnostic computers – is going to enhance our program and improve student learning.”

With an estimated 624,000 positions needed over the next four years, Joseph Myers, technician development manager for the TECS Elite program, TMNA says the program is designed to help meet that demand.

“We are proud to partner with SCC to expand this program and provide stable jobs and career security in the Missouri, Iowa and Illinois area,” said Myers. “Together, we’re helping to build the next generation workforce that will be skilled and certified to work on the modern technologies of today’s vehicles, including future electrics.”

Deery Brothers Toyota in West Burlington has been a long-time partner with SCC’s automotive programs. Owner Brad Deery is optimistic about the partnership’s potential to turn SCC grads into skilled technicians.

SCC auto tech instructor Tim Hunter helps a student use a new diagnostic computer.

“The quality of SCC’s program caught the attention of the largest automotive manufacturer in the world,” said Deery. “Toyota has recognized SCC’s commitment and forward thinking by investing in this partnership. I can attest that Toyota dealers across the region are ecstatic that students will get this level of training and be ready to step into great careers right here.”

Hunter is most excited about the upside for his students.

“It’s great that Toyota is choosing to partner with SCC,” Hunter said. “This is going to open up more opportunities for our students to be successful once they graduate.”

Upon completion, graduates can apply for open service technician positions at Toyota or Lexus dealerships, or any automotive service operation, including independent service and repair shops.

SCC’s TECS Elite program will launch in fall 2022.

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About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our nearly 1,500 dealerships. 

Toyota directly employs more than 39,000 people in the U.S. who have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of nearly 32 million cars and trucks at our nine manufacturing plants.  By 2025, Toyota’s 10th plant in North Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for electrified vehicles.  With more electrified vehicles on the road than any other automaker, a quarter of the company’s 2021 U.S. sales were electrified.

To help inspire the next generation for a career in STEM-based fields, including mobility, Toyota launched its virtual education hub at with an immersive experience and chance to virtually visit many of our U.S. manufacturing facilities. The hub also includes a series of free STEM-based lessons and curriculum through Toyota USA Foundation partners, virtual field trips and more. For more information about Toyota, visit