Meet the Automotive Team
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- Mike graduated from the Arizona Automotive Institute in Glendale, Arizona in 1977. He received a certificate in automatic transmissions from Clark College in 1978, and graduated with an Associate in Applied Science degree in 1994. He worked as an automotive technician in various dealerships and independent service facilities from 1978 until he accepted a full-time faculty position in the Clark College automotive department in 1995.
He is also a Toyota Technician & Education Network (T-TEN) instructor, a former chairperson on the Toyota T-TEN National Advisory Council, a National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) evaluation team leader, and a Washington Department of Ecology authorized emission specialist. In addition, Mike is Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master and L-1 certified.
In 2009, Mike was named Educator of the Year during the 2009 North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) Conference. The annual award is presented for excellence in automotive repair instruction.
A word from Mike: “I believe that the Clark College Automotive Programs are the best choice for anybody that wants to be a technician and start their life and career in the automotive industry. We have tremendous industry partners and terrific instructional staff. We pair our instruction with on the job training, and in the end, students graduate as ASE certified technicians.”
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- Tom joined the automotive team in 2016 as our second instructional tech. He has worked in the automotive field since 1977 in a variety of positions. He was the Automotive Programs Director for nearly 20 years at GateWay Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. Tom completed his AAS degree with high distinction at Maricopa Technical Community College, and attended Northern Arizona University for additional coursework in vocational education. In addition, Tom has also completed corporate training courses for Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, and Mazda. He is an ASE Master Technician, and brings a wealth of industry experience and knowledge to Clark College.
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- Tonia earned her bachelor’s degree in advanced technical studies/automotive technology from Southern Illinois University. She has previous work experience at General Motors Corporation, at TLC Auto Recreation and Repair as its owner, and almost 20 years of experience as a general technician at various automotive businesses, specializing in engine performance and electrical diagnosis.
In the community, Tonia is vice president of the Association of Women in Automotive and has served as the Subject Matter Expert for the Oregon Skills USA Automotive Competition. At Clark, she serves as the automotive faculty lead to the outcomes assessment program and for National Automotive Technical Educational Foundation (NATEF) certification requirements. Tonia holds Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications as a Master Technician and L-1 Advanced Diagnostic Technician, as well as Service Consultant, Parts Specialist and Maintenance Specialist.
She says, “Clark College is striving to be the premier automotive training facility in the Northwest. Our industry and educational partnerships allow us to offer world-class training on today’s highly advanced vehicles better preparing our students for a very satisfying career.”
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- Dannie Nordsiden joins the automotive team as an Instructor and our Internship Manager. He was born in Southwestern Minnesota and graduated from Walnut Grove High School. A second-generation technician, Dannie’s interest in automotive peaked when he was young around his father and other family members. He went on to graduate from Canby Area Vo-Tech (now Minnesota West Community and Technical College) in 1979 with a degree in Automotive Mechanics.
Dannie has been an ASE Master Certified Technician for 32 years, a General Motors technician for 21 years, a Chevrolet Master Technician for 14 years, and has experience in the fleet world with Northwest Airlines. He has extensive General Motors, Kia, Chrysler, and Ford factory training as well as aftermarket training from various manufacturer sponsored classes. In his last five years at the dealership, Dannie was a Certified GM Platinum Level Technician.
He says, “I am looking forward to engaging the students at Clark and helping them to achieve success in the automotive world.”
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- Brian was born and raised in Northern Utah, and graduated from Layton High in 1998. He attended Weber State University in Ogden, Utah from 1999-2006 where he originally majored in physical science. In 2004, Brian decided to switch majors and joined the Honda PACT program which he completed in 2006. Brian worked as an automotive technician from 2004 to 2015 and earned the Honda Master Technician certification in 2011. After working in industry for over a decade, he joined Penguin Nation in 2015 as our Honda PACT program instructor. Outside of Clark College, Brian is married, has three children, and a kitty named Ninja.
What does Brian think about our programs? “We’re training the best technicians for dealerships.”
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- Wayne has been the automotive department’s vocational tech since 2001. His experience in the automotive industry started in 1978 at a full service Texaco station. Wayne attended the Arizona Automotive Institute and graduated with perfect attendance in 1981, and earned his ASE Master Technician certification in 1982. Since then, Wayne has worked at Good Year Tire Company, an independent shop where he rebuilt automatic transmissions, and Dick Hannah Dealerships where he gained experience with Lincoln, Mercury, Jeep, Honda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Jeep, and Volkswagen.