Columbus High was one of 14 schools across the state to be awarded a $50,000 reVISION Grant from the Nebraska Department of Education. The grants fund programs that teach students the industrial and technical skills needed in today’s workforce.
All along, car companies have operated training programs to convey the specialized repair information peculiar to their new models. But that continuing education is intended to update experienced mechanics. To replenish the entry-level ranks as technicians change jobs or retire — turnover runs as high as 20 percent a year — automakers need to start at a more basic skill level, expanding the range of their own programs and partnering with private technical schools to reverse the technician deficit.
FCA US LLC has recruited 50 technical training schools from across the country to train the next generation of automotive service technicians for its U.S. dealerships.
Through its program – Mopar CAP (Career Automotive Program) LOCAL – FCA US will continue to grow this network of schools in the U.S. Ultimately, FCA US would like to have more than 100 certified training sites across the country to help its dealerships combat the industry shortage of service technicians.
The Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) automotive technology program received elite National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation for its program.
10 of West-MEC’s Automotive Technology students competed in Universal Technical Institute’s Top Tech Challenge. The contestants competed in various hands on lab stations like electrical diagnosis, scan tool usage, component identification etc. and took a written ASE test. West-MEC students received, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th places at this competition.