Auto Tech students set new record

Students in McCollum’s Auto Tech course are ready for the workforce. A total of 14 Harlandale ISD seniors passed the Automotive and Service Excellence (ASE) certification exam. Collectively, the students received a total of 31 certifications. This is a new record for the district.

According to Auto Tech instructor George Garcia, nine students passed the exam last year for a total of 15 certifications.

An ASE Certification is nationally recognized and known industry wide.

“If students are interested in getting a job in the automotive industry, this is going to put them one step above everyone else that comes in without a certification,” Garcia explained.

Harlandale High School senior Arnol Serna is hoping his certifications will help him do just that.

“After graduation I want to work with the certifications that I earned and go to college to become a certified automotive technician,” he said.

This is Arnol’s third year going to McCollum just to take part in the class, but he’s been passionate about cars since he can remember.

“I grew up working on cars with my dad and my grandpa,” Arnol said. “I love everything about cars. I like fixing everything, from brakes to air conditioning, whatever I have to do to fix the problem and make the person happy with my work.”

The students will be eligible for more certifications in May.

Congratulations to all who passed!


Saint Martin Campos

Roberto Carbajal

Phillips Frias

Jose Hernandez

Jared Macias

Christopher Martinez

Juan Nava

Clemente Perez

Chistopher Pfiester

Julio Ramos

Arnol Serna Rodriguez

James Talamantez

Brandon Torres

Osvaldo Viramontes 

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