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The M-TEN (Military Technician Education Network) Program is a Registered Apprenticeship Program developed by Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) in partnership with Hiring Our Heroes and the Department of Labor. M-TEN allows transitioning active duty service members and veterans to participate in an intensive 12-week automotive technician training program and earn credits toward becoming a certified technician. They are appointed to this program as part of their active duty assignment based on their post service desires and aptitude.
The program is one of two locations in the United States, and ACC is the only community college involved to date (the other location being a Toyota training facility in Florida.) Students will be recruited from military bases all over the country with many of them coming from Fort Hood. A third party group known as the Hiring Our Hero’s Organization will conduct the recruitment efforts. The program will run twelve weeks for each cohort operating Monday through Friday, approximately eight hours per day. Students will receive an ACC stack-able level one certificate, Toyota certifications, and placement to an entry level
employment/internship/apprenticeship after training completion and discharge from service.
The M-TEN program is modeled around Toyota’s Technician Training & Education Network (T-TEN) program and is highlighted below:
Toyota’s Technician Training & Education Network (T-TEN) is an automotive technician training program. A partnership between Toyota, community colleges, vocational schools and Toyota and Lexus dealerships. T-TEN is an industry leading program helping to develop and place thousands of factory certified technicians in challenging, rewarding and well paid positions in our dealerships across the country. The T-TEN program provides state-of-the art, hands-on automotive diagnosis and repair education and training in classroom and dealership settings. (Toyota, 2019)