SWCA Automotive Programs receive donation from The Germain Auto Group

Home to the Automotive Technology program and the Auto Body Collision program, South-Western Career Academy (SWCA) students work daily in the shop on a variety of cars, trucks, and SUV’s in their pursuit of industry recognized credentials and hands-on knowledge in these areas. As students work to hone their skills working on these vehicles, most of the programs’ makes and models heading into 2023 are not vehicles as up-to-date with the latest digital displays, wiring harnesses, and features as one might encounter in a local dealerships’ service department in the real-world.

Recognizing that potential skill gap, and as an extension of their investment in our credentialing programs at the SWCA, The Germain Auto Group on Thursday donated a 2020 Kia Soul to the Automotive Technology Program at the SWCA.

“In the relationship we have with the school, we’re committed to doing everything we can to help this program move forward,” said Scott Greenhalgh, Chief Operations Officer, The Germain Auto Group.

Citing increased demand in the automotive sales and maintenance sector, Greenhalgh said “we will take as many students (for employment) as you have and we will take care of them.”

“We want to thank Germain for their partnership,” said Amy Schakat, South-Western City School District (SWCSD) Career-Technical Education Coordinator. “Not only for this vehicle, which is amazing and will help our students learn and train with up-to-date technology, but also for the continued partnership which provides work-based learning.” It gives our students the opportunities to train on-site, but also for your feedback and input with this program. We appreciate it.”

The two-year NATEF-certified program offered at the South-Western Career Academy is designed to prepare students for entry into the automotive industry and/or entry into an associate degree program in the automotive career field.  Students enrolled in this program will develop career skills in automobile maintenance, mechanical and electrical components, suspension and steering, brake systems, electrical systems, engine performance and power train, heating ventilation, and A/C.

On behalf of the South-Western City School District, we would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to The Germain Auto Group for their donation and for their continued support of our students at the SWCA.

For more information about the SWCA Automotive Technology program, click here: https://www.swcsdcareertech.com/automotive-technology.html

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