Although Mr. Padilla is technically a Montbello graduate, he was in the first full-time program at CEC from 1985 to 1989 taking both his core/academics at CEC as well as a being in the Auto Collision Repair and Paint program for the elective component the entire time. He moved into an apprenticeship in the automotive industry while still a student and continued in the industry after graduating. I have 28 years of Auto and Advanced Manufacturing experience and 19 years Teaching experience carrying both ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) and AWS (American Welding Society) certifications. He has served as President of the Trades and Industry and was a recipient of the CTE teacher of the year in 2013 for CACTE (Colorado Association of Career and Technical Education). His hobbies are auto customizing and restorations and art, implementing welding/fabrication and painting techniques.