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Behind the scenes with Toyota T-10 students

On April 9, we got a behind-the-scenes look at SCCC’s Toyota T-10 program as students removed the lower control arms off of vehicles such as the 4Runner, Tacoma and Camry.

On the job

Evan Johnson and Julio Torres in the beginning steps of taking off the lower control arm.  (April 9, 2018) Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

The early stages of removing the lower control arm from a 2007 Toyota 4Runner.

Evan Johnson, left, 21 and Julio Torres, 20. (April 9, 2018) Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

Evan Johnson, 21, first took two years in a BOCES program prior to college. His first-year BOCES teachers work in the SCCC program. Johnson is also president of the African American Student Union. Johnson is the orientation leader and student adviser of the program.

Julio Torres, 20, first got into cars when he moved from Brooklyn, where he worked on his moms 1997 Toyota Sienna Mini van. When Torres looked into the program at SCCC he became very interested and now loves it.

Johnson also said, ” If more automotive students on campus got involved, more students would know about the program”.

Tom Gallina 19, holds the lower control arm off of the Toyota Tacoma. (April 9, 2018) Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

Tom Gallina, 19, currently works in his dad’s auto shop. He grew up around cars and has taken all of the automotive classes here at SCCC. Gallina also works for the Toyota dealership in Middle Island.

The lower control arms main purpose is to hold the tire onto the vehicle. It can be adjusted by the main bolts attached to the wheel which can be adjusted to sit properly on the vehicle.

Working on removing the Lower control arm, Students Chris Wittekind 21 right, and Jason Cruz 20 left. (April 9, 2018) Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

Jason Cruz, 20 and Chris Wittekind 21, both are enthused about the cool features about being students in the Toyota T-10 program. They explained that they have a partnership with Snap-On and Mac tools which are two major tooling companies for mechanics and car industries. They get half off on all products from both Snap-On and Mac tools for being involved in the program.

Tools of the trade

Numerous lifts inside of the Toyota T-10 room allow students easy access under vehicles. (April 9, 2018) Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

In each automotive room, there are six cars lifts. Based upon what process is being conducted, such as electrical wiring, brakes, or suspension workouts, these lifts are able to raise the car up to the adjusted height to create space for the students to properly complete the task at hand.

Equipment benches for the task at hand. (April 9, 2018) Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

These equipment tables are filled with high-tech Snap-On and Mac tool equipment.

A Snap-On sign is pinned outside of the Toyota T-10 room. (April 9, 2018) Photo Credit: Sal Miliotto

Student Fransisco Cruz, 19, said he got into cars from just playing the game Need for Speed on the Game Cube. He loves the program and the idea of working hands on.


The bCCC Ammerman campus automotive technology building. (April 9, 2018) Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

In this building, students spend 640 class hours — four days, six hours a day — to complete the Toyota T-10 program. The building also houses students who are in Honda and GM programs.

Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

Student Gary Wahl, 19, said, “I love the opportunity because the program gives you a stepping stone into the Toyota dealerships.”

The Ammerman campus started as a tuberculosis sanatorium. Tour its remaining footprints

The Albert M. Ammerman building was one of the original structures a tuberculosis sanatorium that pre-dated the establishment of Suffolk County Community College in Selden. Photo credit: Nicole Gangi (April 9, 2018)

In 1916, a tuberculosis sanatorium was established by two doctors,  William H. Ross and Frank Overton, both Long Island natives, on what is now Suffolk Community College’s Ammerman campus, according to documents archived in the Huntington Library.

The Albert M. Ammerman Building, Kreiling Hall, The Cottage and the Norman F. Lechtrecker Building are the only remaining original structures of the sanitarium.

Join us for a tour of the Selden campus’s forgotten past.

Albert M. Ammerman Building

Photo Courtesy: SCCC’s Huntington Library

The building was originally erected as a dormitory for male patients and named after Ross.


Photo credit: Nicole Gangi (April 9, 2018)

The Albert M. Ammerman building. Photo Credit: Nicole Gangi

The Ammerman building currently houses departments such as admissions, financial aid, registrar and executive dean’s offices.

Norman F. Lechtrecker building

Photo Courtesy of SCCC’s Huntington library 

The Norman F. Lechtrecker building is one of the longest-standing of the original buildings. It was erected in 1922 as an infirmary, replacing a previous one that deemed not to be structurally sound.


Photo credit: Nicole Gangi (April 9, 2018)

The NFL building currently houses Suffolk’s administration personnel.

Kreiling Hall

Photo courtesy: SCCC’s Huntington Library

Kreiling Hall was originally a dormitory for children suffering from tuberculosis and was formerly known as Marshall Hall.

On the roof Kreiling hall was a compass rose, an original piece of the structure was still there until this past fall when the roof was redone because of structural issues. The compass rose was used to spot incoming Nazi airplanes during World War II.

The roof of Kreiling Hall. Photo Credit: Nicole Gangi

Kreiling Hall, currently undergoing renovations due to asbestos, houses the campus’s Health Services.

The Cottage

The Cottage. Photo Credit: Nicole Gangi

The Cottage is home to the Suffolk Community College Foundation and was formerly used at living quarters for sanatorium employees.

The old schoolhouse/Riverhead and Southampton buiildings


The schoolhouse. Photo courtesy: SCCC’s Huntington Library A tiny schoolhouse was built for the children who lived on the grounds.


The Southampton building. Photo credit: Nicole Gangi


The Riverhead building. Photo Credit: Nicole Gangi (April 9, 2018)

The Riverhead and Southampton Buildings are not among the original buildings, but a schoolhouse used to be located where they stand. 

In the early 1960s, Albert M. Ammerman founded Suffolk County Community College and by 1962 the campus was open at full-operation.