October 19, 2022
The Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealer Association is Proud to Support the Workforce Development of Los Angeles County
The Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealer Association and its factory-franchised dealer members are proud contributors to the economy of Los Angeles County and the well-being and growth of their individual communities.
Through GLANCDA's philanthropic giving, the organization continues to elevate the importance of workforce development and training opportunities available throughout the greater Los Angeles region. There is a severe shortage of qualified workers to fill the many rewarding jobs in the auto industry and auto tech fields. Communicating this important narrative has been and will remain a priority of GLANCDA.
From July 2021 through February 2022, GLANCDA donated a total of $250,000, including $130,000 to support local community colleges in support of their automotive technology training programs and $120,000 to various community organizations.
Take a look at some of our recent philanthropy efforts:
Los Angeles Pierce College
Pierce College was the recipient of a $40,000 donation from the GLANDCA to support the college's automotive service technology program. Bob Smith, GLANCDA executive director, presented the check to Pierce College automotive service technology professors Alex Villalta and Tom Fortune in April of 2022.
College of the Canyons
College of the Canyons was the recipient of a $10,000 donation from the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association (GLANCDA), to support the college's automotive technology program. GLANCDA board member, Jeannie Brewer, who is the owner/general manager of Acura of Glendale, presented the check to Nadia Cottie, dean of applied technology at the college, and Gary Sornberger, professor of automotive technology and department chair.
College of the Canyons intends to use the funds to invest in electric vehicle training aids. Professor Sornberger also noted the significant need for skilled automotive technicians and expressed appreciation for the new training opportunities these funds will bring to students exploring this career path.
Life Steps Foundation
Life Steps Foundation SoCal Adult Services was the recipient of a $20,000 donation from the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association (GLANCDA), to enhance services provided to their clients with developmental disabilities. GLANCDA board member, Ian Thomas, who is the dealer principal at Thomas Acura in Covina, presented the check to Bob Turner, program coordinator for the foundation.
Life Steps Adult Services programs empower their clients to become involved in their life management, make informed choices, and participate in self-advocacy. Their service model recognizes the unique challenges that people with developmental disabilities encounter and their programs address them all, from independent living and personal fulfillment to parenting and family preservation