A multi-million dollar program to match tech workers with companies kicked off in the South Bay on Wednesday.
Evergreen Valley College in San Jose will be home to the Automotive Technology Center, which aims to produce a new generation of engineers and mechanics for high-tech vehicles.
"I'm going to be working for Honda when I finish here, so I want to try out new things," said Johan Murillo, a Silicon Valley engineer in training enrolled in the new program.
Murillo and his classmates are the first to work in the newly minted $13 million high-tech training facility. With support from companies like Tesla and Chrysler, the 25,000-square foot facility was built with car tech in mind.
"The training they're offered, and keeping up with technology, it doesn't get any better than that," said Lawrence Ramirez with the Del Grande Dealer Group.
The facility will help fill new jobs in an expanding economy that is heading down a new road.
"What we're hearing is demand for jobs," San Jose Vice Mayor Rose Herrera said. "This center, especially with new technology, is going to be able to accommodate that."