New College Video Showcases Alumnus Developing Toyota Training

Published 03.19.2012

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Automotive technology management graduate Ryan M. Black, who develops courses used to train Toyota technicians at regional centers throughout the country, is featured in the latest video on Pennsylvania College of Technology's YouTube channel.The work of a Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate who is shaping the training received by thousands of Toyota technicians is featured in the latest video added to thecollege's YouTube Channel.

The nearly four-minute video highlights Ryan M. Black, a 2005 graduate of the automotive technology management bachelor-degree major. A native of Chambersburg, Black is a technical training development administrator for the University of Toyota, the continuing education and training arm of Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc., headquartered in Torrance, Calif.

Black develops courses used to train Toyota technicians at regional centers throughout the United States. In the video, Black, 29, illustrates the course-development process and connects his duties to the education received at the college. Black says he wouldn't be able to do his job without his Penn College degree.

The automotive technology management bachelor's degree is a "two-plus-two" major. In the first two years, students earn an associate degree by completing applied technology curriculum in either automotive or collision repair. The final two years are devoted to management and business skills.

Graduates of the major have numerous career options, ranging from technician training to sales to fleet management. The degree's skill set also prepares students for possible green careers and for employment in the natural gas industry.

During his time at Penn College, Black, who resides in Long Beach, Calif., served as a math, economics and business tutor. He was inducted into Alpha Chi, a national honor society for college juniors and seniors, and he graduated magna cum laude.

Prior to obtaining his position with the University of Toyota, Black served as an assistant service manager at a Toyota dealership in State College. He also hiked the entire Appalachian Trail.

The Penn College YouTube Channel has collected more than 236,000 video views since debuting in 2009. The channel explores numerous majors and various aspects of the college. It also includes full-length episodes of the college's award-winning, career-awareness public television series, "degrees that"

To learn more about the automotive technology management major and other academic programs offered by the School of Transportation Technology at Penn College, visit online or call 570-327-4516.

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