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TJ Gives Away Another Car

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L-R Gilbert Castillo, TJ Crossman, Teacher-Omar Ibabe, Principal-Phil Lutgen Students (in no particular order) Jenna Steffan, Troy Sullivan, Josh Knight, Alex Lara, Abraham Reyes, Richard Tran and John Saunders

Yes, he’s done it again. This entrepreneur and Auto mechanic has given away another car. You may remember that he gave away a car back on July 18 (http://thevistapress.com/tj-crossmans-car-giveaway/). This time the car didn’t go to just one individual, it went to the North County Trade Tech School in Vista where 18 current students will use it to learn about automotive electrical systems and suspension. The car just donated by TJ Crossman’s Auto Repair is a 2000 VW Passat all-wheel drive.

TheVistaPress.com co-owner, Terry Woods, was dropping off our staff photographer , http://www.bountyphotographie.com/ Philippe Carre (aka le Papillon), to pick up his car and Terry was able to get an interview with the two people whose collaboration made this new give-away happen. That’s right, it was a collaboration, and a very good one for all parties involved.

TJ Crossman and Phil Lutgen, the Principal of the North County Trade Tech School, told Terry that it all began when they met at the Vista Strawberry festival a year ago. TJ inquired about getting a student to intern at his small but award winning automotive service shop. Phil was interested in obtaining an automobile engine that his Automotive Repair students could tear down and rebuild. A short time later TJ was given a tour of the school campus located at 1126 North Melrose Drive in Vista. It wasn’t long before both men got what they were looking for. This isn’t the first time that businesses in Vista have worked together for mutual benefit. Several establishments in the historic downtown area have been doing just that.

TJ’s shop won the Heroes of Vista Small Business of the Year award for 2015! The shop has also been recognized by Congressman Daryl Issa, Vista Mayor Judy Ritter, County of San Diego Fifth District Chairman Bill Horn, and Assembly Members Rocky Chavez and Marie Waldron. Crossman has been servicing and repairing vehicles in the area since 1992. They offer Courtesy Inspections, discounted rental cars, free shuttle service, complementary soft drinks and coffee. You will find this shop to be clean, with a comfortable waiting room and staffed with a people that are friendly, experienced, and most importantly… knowledgeable. http://www.tjcrossmansautorepair.com/

North County Trade Tech School opened its doors to the class of 2012 on September 4, 2008 and according to their web site is designed to meet the fundamentally different learning needs of students today. They strive to graduate students with a strong blend of academic and workforce competencies necessary for the automotive, the manufacturing and the construction industries. The 9th Grade thru 12th Grade students attend classes in the following categories:
Bike and Automotive Repair – Construction – Engineering – English/Language Arts – Finance, Manufacturing – Math – Physical Education – Science – Social Science – and Spanish.

The school offers multiple pathways to success, whether students aspire to Dream it, Engineer it, or Build it! Coming next year will be classes in electric and hybrid automobiles and I’m fairly certain that the successful collaboration by these very sharp businessmen will continue. http://www.tradetechhigh.org/

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