Cerritos College Becomes First West Coast School To Offer NAFA’s CAFM Courses

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Cerritos College becomes the first school on the west coast to offer NAFA's Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) courses for college credit.



“Offering NAFA’s CAFM courses makes our program even stronger,” said Jannet Malig, Director, Advanced Transportation Technology & Energy at Cerritos College.

Cerritos College, a two-year institution which boasts one of the finest automotive programs in the United States, is the latest school to include NAFA’s Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) courses in its curriculum. Located in the greater Los Angeles, California area, Cerritos becomes the first West Coast school (and fourth overall) to offer NAFA’s CAFM courses for college credit.

Cerritos has more than 600 students in its automotive program, which began in the 1970s. The school offers training in Automotive Collision Repair, Automotive Mechanical Repair, and Advanced Transportation Technology and Energy. It is the only automotive program on the West Coast with three OEM sponsorship programs. In addition, the college has a partnership with Northwood University in Michigan that allows students to continue their education towards a full Bachelor’s Degree.

“Offering NAFA’s CAFM courses makes our program even stronger,” said Jannet Malig, Director, Advanced Transportation Technology & Energy at Cerritos College. “The curriculum itself incorporates directly into a 4-credit program. It’s a natural fit.”

For the past year, Cerritos and NAFA have been working well together. The college has hosted several of the Association’s Pacific Southwest Chapter meetings at their facility. In return, NAFA’s local chapter recently issued their first two scholarships to students in the automotive technology program at Cerritos. The chapter plans on providing two additional scholarships for automotive technology students as well as two for the CAFM/CAFS program in the spring.

“Cerritos has a great partnership in the area with fleets and auto dealers,” explained Rick Sikes, CAFM, Fleet Management Superintendent for the City of Santa Monica and Chair of NAFA’s Fuels & Technology Advisory Council. “They have state-of-the-art facilities and many programs related to automotive technology and auto dealer management. The school is also centrally located to many areas in the region.”

NAFA’s CAFM program is also endorsed by the National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA), Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA), and Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators (FLAGFA). In addition, the CAFM program is offered for college credit at Ferris State University (Big Rapids, Michigan), Georgian College (Barrie, Ontario, Canada), and Ranken Technical College (St. Louis, Missouri).

For more information on the CAFM program and the Certified Automotive Fleet Specialist (CAFS) program (for those starting out in the fleet profession), please visit http://www.fleetcertification.org.

About NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA is the world’s premier non-profit association for professionals who manage fleets of sedans, public safety vehicles, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for organizations across the globe. NAFA is the association for the diverse vehicle fleet management profession regardless of organizational type, geographic location or fleet composition. NAFA’s Full and Associate Members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance and repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 3.5 million vehicles including in excess of 1.1 million trucks of which 350 thousand are medium- and heavy-duty trucks. For more information visit http://www.nafa.org.

About Cerritos College
A two-year institution located in Norwalk, California, Cerritos College is committed to the ideals of a liberal arts education. For more information visit http://www.cerritos.edu.

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