Our curriculum is designed with one goal in mind - to prepare students for the workforce.
We offer both certificates and degrees to help you meet your individual career goals
Our classes and hands-on training will prepare students in the following areas:
This is an exciting, out-of-the-box learning opportunity for aspiring auto mechanics to work on two vintage muscle cars from start to finish. This summer's projects will be an early 1970s Chevy Vega drag car and a 1967 Ford Mustang circle track sports car racer. Topics covered will include engine building, installation and tuning; building wiring harnesses; and chassis setup. As with any real-world project, students will learn to troubleshoot and fix problems as they arise. Participants will enroll in three classes - AUMT2215, AUMT2231 and AUMT2455 and the series lasts 10 weeks. This is a truly exciting opportunity to hone your automotive skills in a fun, encouraging learning environment. Academy dates are June 5th - August 10th.
This certificate includes instruction in Theory of Automotive Technology, Suspension and Steering Systems, Engine Theory, Brake Systems Theory, Electrical Systems and Automotive Climate Control
This certificate includes instruction in Theory of Automotive Technology, Suspension and Steering Systems, Engine Repair, Electrical Systems, Brake Systems, Climate Control Systems, Business Computer Applications or Integrated Software Applications and Technical and Business Writing
This certificate includes instruction in Theory of Automotive Technology, Suspension and Steering Systems, Automotive Engine Repair, Automotive Electrical Systems, Automotive Brake Systems, Climate Control Systems, Engine Machining, Engine Performance Analysis Theory, Business Computer Applications or Integrated Software Applications, and Technical & Business Writing
This certificate includes instruction in Introduction and Theory of Automotive Technology, Suspension and Steering Systems, Engine Repair, Electrical Systems, Brake Systems, Climate Control Systems, Engine Machining, Engine Performance Analysis Theory, Business Computer Applications or Integrated Software Applications and Technical and Business Writing
This degree includes instruction in Introduction and Theory of Automotive Technology, Suspension and Steering Systems, Engine Repair, Electrical Systems, Brake Systems, Climate Control Systems, Electrical Diagnosis & Repair, Drive Train and Axles, Automatic Transmission and Transaxle, Electronics Theory, Engine Performance Analysis, Advanced Emission Systems Diagnosis or Internship-Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
We will train our students within the basics of automotive knowledge with input from our industry partners to prepare automotive technicians of the future.
Shelby Auto Strategic Initiatives (2016-17):
(1) Prepare students with basic automotive knowledge they will need to compete for entry level jobs within the automotive (performance) industry.
(2) We will work with our Industry partners to further automotive training locally regionally and nationally.
(3) We will work due diligently to honor the Carroll Shelby Legacy in all our endeavors.
Our faculty has years of experience working and teaching in the automotive industry.
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Luellen has 18+ years industry experience as engine technician with GMC and Caterpillar. Owned & operated his own successful diesel engine repair business. Completed his bachelor's in 2013 and Masters in 2014. Took over as Program Director of NTCC Shelby in 2016.
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Spencer has more than 30 years of teaching experience in the automotive industry.
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Whitworth has 30+ years of industry experience. He has owned & operated a successful collision & repair facility. He also has an extensive background in the Indy Racing League & was crew member for AJ Foyt.
In 2007 I was fortunate (or lucky, or blessed) to meet one of the greatest "car minds" of all time, not to mention, one of the nicest guys I had ever met in my life, Carroll Shelby. After a very entertaining lunch that first day, he went straight to the heart of the matter and said he wanted to talk about the Automotive Program at NTCC. His exact words were "there are many young men and women who are stuck in dead end jobs. They went to work straight out of high school stocking shelves, digging ditches, etc., thinking they were making good money. Before too long they had a car payment, rent, utilities, and more. All of a sudden they found themselves ready to get married and start a family but they could not get out of this rut they had dug themselves into. I want to give those people the ability to get an education and learn a trade that will help them to get ahead!" His goal was to provide an opportunity for struggling students to get into college and send hard working, well-paid, mechanics back out into the community.
That day Mr. Shelby committed $50,000 per year to provide students with scholarships allowing them to achieve their dreams. In addition, he also contributed funds to create a position allowing the College to hire a Director of the new Carroll Shelby Automotive Technology Program at NTCC. He made additional cash contributions and purchases of equipment and supplies helping NTCC to enhance its offerings in the Automotive Program. To date, he and the Carroll Shelby Foundation have committed more than $700,000 to this project. However, after many trips to the College where Carroll would show up and surprise students by sitting in on their classes and letting them ask him questions, or he would walk through the garage and look under the hoods with them, he told me there was something missing. Mr. Shelby said we needed a "car" that could be the face of the program. Something to take to local high schools, car shows, parades, etc., that would bring attention to the opportunities made available to students who could become certified mechanics.
He had a "certain" car in mind and he personally searched for it for more than two years. In March of 2011, he called me on the phone to let me know that he had found THE car. He told me he personally bought it and was having it shipped to NTCC that week. THE car, a 1968 Shelby GT350H, arrived on our campus a few days later. At that time it was solid maroon (without the stripes) and needed a little bit of body work. However, the person delivering the car jumped up on the trailer, started it right up, and drove it into our garage.
Mr. Shelby came by later to look it over and told me we needed to take our time and restore it back to its original condition. He said this was what he had been searching for and when he found it he knew this was THE car he wanted as the face of the Carroll Shelby Autotomotive Program at NTCC. He sat inside it and cranked the engine up and said "this is one of the sweetest sounds I have ever heard". This was Carroll's last visit to our College. He passed away a few months later, but his legacy will live forever. However, the picture of him sitting in this Cobra that day and listening to the roar of the engine is priceless, as is the story behind The Last Shelby.