Trends: Auto Group Hires Local College Talent

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The Kirby Auto Group has begun successfully filling its need for qualified RV/automotive technicians through the local Oxnard College Automotive Program, led by Head Instructor Kevin Corse.

The Kirby Auto Group has been taking care of its customers and enriching the community for more than 53 years here on the Gold Coast of Ventura, Calif. Legendary customer service, quality workmanship and great value are the philosophies held by the Kirby Auto Group.

“Finding qualified technicians that truly care about the customer and their career has always been essential,” said Louis Vierstra, fixed-operations director at the Kirby’s Barber RV dealership. “A happy employee equates to happy customers when it comes to quality of workmanship and positive culture.”

Driving the company’s vision, Vierstra was introduced to Corse at the local Oxnard College Automotive Program seeking help in finding top talent. Corse answered the call with one of his brightest students nearing graduation, Alex Castro Morales.

Corse referred Morales as a likely candidate fitting Vierstra’s criteria for the RV dealership’s apprentice program. Vierstra implemented the apprentice program at the RV dealership in early 2019 has been a proven success for the service department since that time.

“Alex has been a wonderful addition to our RV service center and has a bright future ahead of him thanks to Kevin Corse and the Oxnard College Automotive Program,” said Vierstra. “Kevin Corse has one of the finest automotive technical programs I’ve ever encountered. … It was a no-brainer when it came time to hire a student from the Oxnard College.”

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