Butte College automotive instructor George Medina has been awarded the California Community College Association for Occupational Education’s (CCCAOE) 2010 Excellence in Leadership Award.
“I feel very honored to receive this award. I have to say that what has facilitated my success as a leader is the camaraderie and team work in the automotive department. We are a very cohesive group and this award is a reflection on all of us,” said Medina.
Medina joined Butte College’s Automotive Program in 2000 after a 14-year career as a top Honda technician at a local dealership. At the college, Medina assumed the leadership role for the American Honda PACT Training Program, the first corporation level training program in the automotive department. He is credited with taking the once small Honda PACT program at Butte and turning it into the nationally recognized program earning it a rating of Top 5 among the 17 Honda Community College Partnership Training Programs across the United States.
Further efforts by Medina led to the incorporation of the Honda Individualized Skills Training into Butte’s Honda PACT program. This learning system, used by Honda for more than 20 years to train its technicians, in an internet-based course combined with a hands –on lab. Medina became on a certified on-line instructor for the Honda IST and using a combination of materials provided by American Honda as well as many items of his own design, he created a new hybrid course in Electricity and Automotive Electronics that passed Curriculum Review and the Distance Learning Committee in 2008 and is now being offered through Butte’s Automotive Program.
Medina also obtained the donation of a 2004 Honda S2000 sports car from American Honda. With this donation the students were able to experience the many aspects of motorsports like promotions, concessions, marketing and racing. Under Medina’s leadership, a new class, Motorsports Dynamics, was developed and approved, an instructor with years of experience in motorsports was hired and Butte entered the world of motorsports. The outcome of this endeavor was that the Automotive Program raced their S2000 for three consecutive years, earned numerous regional first place finishes, won their division during the last year of competition, competed in the national run-offs held in Topeka, Kansas in another year; and for their final event before retiring the car from competition, completed and won first place in their class in the world’s longest endurance race, the Twenty-Five Hours of Thunderhill held in Willows, California.
Through Medina’s efforts to develop new programs, classes and business partnerships, students have found employment with motorsports teams and automotive program graduates have gained employment at Honda dealerships throughout the United States.
The CCCAOE is a professional organization dedicated to providing leadership for occupational education and economic development professionals involved in workforce development and the enhancement of California’s position within a global economy. The organization awards three excellence awards annually: Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Partnership and Excellence in Leadership.