Edmonton automotive dealer supports NAIT Automotive students
$250,000 donated to train next generation of technicians
Denny Andrews Ford has committed $250,000 to support students in NAIT's Automotive Service Technician program.
Of the donation, $220,000 will be allocated as gift-in-kind vehicles or funds to update the program. The remaining $30,000 will establish student scholarships.
“This donation fills the scarcity of Ford vehicles needed for students to learn,” says program chair Rob Dawson.
After taking a tour of NAIT’s automotive classrooms comprised of four separate shops and a lecture lab, Joe Cabral, president of Denny Andrews Ford, was inspired to help upgrade equipment. “We wanted to give younger techs better access to learn on the latest technology in Ford eco-boost.”
Students in the Automotive Service Technician program spend most of their time learning through hand- on activities, says Dawson. “Exposure to Ford’s products will teach students skills in troubleshooting, diagnostics and repair to better prepare them for the job.”
Michael Zheng was in the Pre-employment Automotive Service Technician program when he joined Denny Andrews Ford as a practicum student. Impressed with the skills Zheng demonstrated during the two short weeks he spent with the company, Denny Andrews was quick to recruit him.
“I was hired right after graduation,” says Zheng. “The program teaches everything step-by-step so you know what to do. My practicum experience gave me the opportunity to see how the dealer operates and what to expect in the field.”
Dawson emphasizes that there is a shortage of skilled automotive service technicians and that Denny Andrews Ford’s donation will support the program’s growth, “This September we will add an additional 24 students.”
Cabral sees NAIT as a good investment to replace retiring employees. “It’s an opportunity to invest in the talent of NAIT’s students, so that later they will invest in us by becoming our employees. And, it’s good thing to do for Edmonton and the future of trades in our city.”
Learn more about Denny Andrews Ford at www. http://www.dennyandrewsfordsales.ca/.
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.
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