Automotive Training

Do you enjoy hands-on work? Have you thought about a career in auto mechanics? Union apprenticeships and careers in public agencies offer great benefits and opportunities for advancement. Get prepared for apprenticeships and mechanical-related exams with our free 16-week Automotive Pre-Apprentice program. Women and job seekers with previous conviction histories are encouraged to apply.

This part-time program provides:

Information about specific trades/utilities, career pathways, job requirements, application process; gain practical experience in trade-specific skills, tools identification and use.

  • College-provided Automotive Tech classes,
  • Math for Trades class, OSHA 10 and HAZWOPER certifications
  • JVS-provided Job Readiness classes
  • Math Refresher workshops
  • Employer-sponsored on-the-job training


Application Process:

  1. Fill out the online application
  2. Eligible applicants will be invited to phone and panel interview
  3. Selected candidates will be invited to attend a mandatory orientation/welcome session

We are accepting applications for the Automotive Pre-Apprenticeship. Dates subject to change.

Elizabeth Toups

Elizabeth Toups

Director of Utilities Programs

Elizabeth Toups has over 25 years of experience leading workforce education and training strategies, with particular expertise in the utilities and healthcare industries. In her role as Director of Utilities Training Programs, Elizabeth leads JVS’s efforts to build a more effective workforce pipeline leading to mission critical jobs in the public water/wastewater and transit sectors. Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and holds a master’s degree in public administration from Golden Gate University.

Mario Flores

Mario Flores

Senior Coordinator, Utilities Programs

Mario has over 13 years of experience supporting students from underserved communities and helping them to enter their career pathways. He has extensive experience working with immigrants, economically disadvantaged and diverse populations. In his previous role, Mario helped develop a program connecting first-generation students with resources and supportive networks to help them achieve their academic goals. Now at JVS, he supports job seekers who are pursuing careers in the skilled trades.

Mark Allen

Mark Allen

Coordinator, Utilities Programs

Mark prepared for the union and civil service exams by participating in the Laney College/JVS pilot math program, and he now mentors students who are pursuing careers in the skilled trades. “I get great satisfaction in my work here at JVS, and I enjoy seeing my students grow, achieve new levels of confidence, and become sought-after job seekers.”

Michael Kushner

Michael Kushner


Michael brings to JVS 16 years of experience in workforce development. In addition to serving as a manager on our Utilities team, Michael also serves as the manager of BAYWORK, a workforce consortium of over 35 water and wastewater utilities in the Greater Bay Area. Michael’s dual responsibilities are a reflection of the close cooperation between JVS and the utilities that make up BAYWORK. This collaboration gives the JVS Utilities team a high-level of access to leaders in the water sector, enhancing our ability to prepare clients for these well-paid and stable careers.


Dates: January 25, 2021 – May 14, 2021

This is a remote program run by JVS and the College of Alameda. Classes will take place on Zoom.


  • Age 18 or older by January 25th, 2021
  • Open to Alameda County residents only
  • Authorized to work in the U.S. by January 25th, 2021
  • Have CDL or obtain by January 25th
  • BIPOC, former foster youth, justice-involved populations (previously incarcerated), low-income, TAY (transition age youth), veterans, women encouraged to apply
  • Have GED or high school diploma
  • Proof of Selective Service registration
  • Interest in Auto mechanics