October 2012

Vincenzo Rigaglia was born in Italy in February of 1947.  He was raised in a small town in Sicily until the age of 16 and then immigrated to the US with his parents in 1963.  While still in Italy he attended the Istituto San Tommaso and graduated junior high in 1961.  Vincenzo could not complete high school in Italy and when he arrived in the US, he had to go to work immediately to help support his family.  He went to night school to learn English, obtained a high school equivalency diploma and signed up for night courses at Westchester Community College.  His education was interrupted when he was drafted into the military and served in the United States Army as a medical corpsman for two years with a rank of Specialist Fourth Class.
Home from the service Vincenzo went to work at the General Motors assembly plant In Tarrytown, NY.  Then in 1969 together with his brothers, he started an auto repair business in a two bay gas station.  Vincenzo, however, loved electronics and computers and went back to Westchester Community College where in 1973 graduated with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Electronics and Communications. 
It was during this period that he met his beautiful wife Giuseppina.  After a three-year courtship they got married and later were blessed with three beautiful boys.  Salvatore, now 34 and married to his wife Lisa, Gianni, now 31, also married to his wife Kristen, and Michael, now 19 and enrolled in the architectural program at SUNY Buffalo.  Vincenzo is now the proud grandfather of a 19-month-old granddaughter and anxiously awaiting the birth of a second one in a few weeks.
Vincenzo and his brothers grew their business from a two-car garage to an 11 bay shop that employed 14 techs and included an AAMCO Transmission franchise.  Rigaglia Brothers Auto Repairs built a reputation of honesty and good workmanship and for this, their services were sought after by several organizations that operated fleets.  They included the US postal service, the City of Yonkers PD, and several school bus companies.
In 1999, Vincenzo lost his wife Giuseppina to breast cancer after a three-year battle with the disease.  In 2004, the business was sold.  Vincenzo then became an independent diagnostician and went from shop to shop to help techs diagnose vehicles with complex electrical problems.  Vincenzo also liked to teach and pass on to younger techs what he had learned through his long experience.  While he was a diagnostician, he conducted seminars on electrical diagnosis procedure and scan tool use.
The opportunity for Vincenzo to teach full time at an accredited institution came in 2007 when an instructor position became available at Bronx Community College Automotive Program.  He could not teach however because he did not have the right credentials.  He was hired as a lab tech and at age 60 went back to school at Nyack College to finish his education.  He graduated in August of 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree.  That September he became a full time instructor in the Automotive Program at Bronx Community College and has been there ever since.  While at BCC he has worked hand in hand with director Clement Drummond and helped him to create a state of the art Automotive Program that serves over 300 students each semester.  He was the first founder of the Cobra Club and has helped students build a 1966 Cobra MKIll roadster kit car.  He developed the Diesel technology course that is now part of the curriculum at BCC, and is now developing a Diesel Engine Performance course to be offered in the future.  He mentors his students as they obtain jobs at area dealerships and visits them at their place of employment to monitor their progress.  This past summer he was recommended and was awarded the 2012 NACAT (North American Council of Automotive Teachers) “Jack Erjavec Innovative Automotive Instructor of the Year” award.
Vincenzo has served the Society as Chairman of Education for a brief period of time, he had to resign as schedule conflicts arose, and is now a member of the Scholarship Committee.
In his spare time, Vincenzo loves to ride his bicycle and has gone on several rides for charities.  In 2002 he joined 1,200 other riders for the ride from the World Trade Center to the Pentagon in memory of the 9/11 victims and their families and three rides from Boston to NY to raise money and awareness for ALS (Lou Gehrig Disease).

Vincenzo RigagliaVincenzo Rigaglia was born in Italy in February of 1947.  He was raised in a small town in Sicily until the age of 16 and then immigrated to the US with his parents in 1963.  While still in Italy he attended the Istituto San Tommaso and graduated junior high in 1961.  Vincenzo could not complete high school in Italy and when he arrived in the US, he had to go to work immediately to help support his family.  He went to night school to learn English, obtained a high school equivalency diploma and signed up for night courses at Westchester Community College.  His education was interrupted when he was drafted into the military and served in the United States Army as a medical corpsman for two years with a rank of Specialist Fourth Class.

Home from the service Vincenzo went to work at the General Motors assembly plant In Tarrytown, NY.  Then in 1969 together with his brothers, he started an auto repair business in a two bay gas station.  Vincenzo, however, loved electronics and computers and went back to Westchester Community College where in 1973 graduated with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Electronics and Communications. 

It was during this period that he met his beautiful wife Giuseppina.  After a three-year courtship they got married and later were blessed with three beautiful boys.  Salvatore, now 34 and married to his wife Lisa, Gianni, now 31, also married to his wife Kristen, and Michael, now 19 and enrolled in the architectural program at SUNY Buffalo.  Vincenzo is now the proud grandfather of a 19-month-old granddaughter and anxiously awaiting the birth of a second one in a few weeks.

Vincenzo and his brothers grew their business from a two-car garage to an 11 bay shop that employed 14 techs and included an AAMCO Transmission franchise.  Rigaglia Brothers Auto Repairs built a reputation of honesty and good workmanship and for this, their services were sought after by several organizations that operated fleets.  They included the US postal service, the City of Yonkers PD, and several school bus companies.

In 1999, Vincenzo lost his wife Giuseppina to breast cancer after a three-year battle with the disease.  In 2004, the business was sold. Vincenzo then became an independent diagnostician and went from shop to shop to help techs diagnose vehicles with complex electrical problems.  Vincenzo also liked to teach and pass on to younger techs what he had learned through his long experience.  While he was a diagnostician, he conducted seminars on electrical diagnosis procedure and scan tool use.

The opportunity for Vincenzo to teach full time at an accredited institution came in 2007 when an instructor position became available at Bronx Community College Automotive Program.  He could not teach however because he did not have the right credentials.  He was hired as a lab tech and at age 60 went back to school at Nyack College to finish his education.  He graduated in August of 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree.  That September he became a full time instructor in the Automotive Program at Bronx Community College and has been there ever since.  While at BCC he has worked hand in hand with director Clement Drummond and helped him to create a state of the art Automotive Program that serves over 300 students each semester.  He was the first founder of the Cobra Club and has helped students build a 1966 Cobra MKIll roadster kit car.  He developed the Diesel technology course that is now part of the curriculum at BCC, and is now developing a Diesel Engine Performance course to be offered in the future.  He mentors his students as they obtain jobs at area dealerships and visits them at their place of employment to monitor their progress.  This past summer he was recommended and was awarded the 2012 NACAT (North American Council of Automotive Teachers) “Jack Erjavec Innovative Automotive Instructor of the Year” award.

Vincenzo has served the Society as Chairman of Education for a brief period of time, he had to resign as schedule conflicts arose, and is now a member of the Scholarship Committee.

In his spare time, Vincenzo loves to ride his bicycle and has gone on several rides for charities.  In 2002 he joined 1,200 other riders for the ride from the World Trade Center to the Pentagon in memory of the 9/11 victims and their families and three rides from Boston to NY to raise money and awareness for ALS (Lou Gehrig Disease).


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