Richard Lester

Technician Development Manager, Technician Training and Education Network, Toyota Motor North America
Priming the Pipeline: Strengthening Career and Technical Education
Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

For the past 23 years, Rick Lester has managed Toyota’s technician career entry programs by establishing partnerships with a diverse set of training providers. Toyota’s Technician Training and Education Network (T-TEN) has recruited, educated, and placed over 10,000 entry-level automotive technicians in rewarding careers with Toyota or Lexus dealerships. With 38 years of experience in automotive service support, 32 with Toyota, Lester advocates for CTE currently as Board Member of the ASE Education Foundation, advisor to Toyota Government Relations and Toyota Foundation, as well as past work with the DOL Job Corps, SkillsUSA, AYES, AACC, and ACTE.