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Isaac Rivera

Rivera selected for internship with Tesla

YVC Automotive Service Technology (AST) student Isaac Rivera was selected for an intensive training program this summer. Rivera will take part in the 16-week Tesla START program held at Shoreline Community College.  

Tesla START provides individuals across the U.S., like Rivera, with the skills necessary for a successful career at Tesla and beyond. During the program, students develop technical expertise and earn certifications through in-class theory, hands-on labs and self-paced learning.

The knowledge Rivera gained through YVC’s program has helped prepare him for this advanced training.

“The AST program has given me a solid foundation in vehicle diagnosis and repair, the use of hand and power tools, and a knowledge of electrical systems and the theory behind them,” says Rivera. “I have also learned a lot from SkillsUSA — in terms of learning how to conduct myself in a professional environment and knowing how to present myself to future employers.”

Following successful completion of the Tesla START program, Rivera hopes to be offered a permanent position with Tesla.

“This internship means a lot to me,” said Rivera. “Prior to enrolling in the AST program I was not doing well academically, to the point where I was put on academic suspension. I really have turned my academic career around from where I was a few years ago. I went from being an underachieving student to being the president of the GearHeads Automotive Club and being scouted by companies like Boeing and Tesla. I am very proud of myself.”

Students in the Tesla START program also learn enhanced soft skills and team-based repair practices.