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Automotive Technician Career Training

Forget all the old "grease monkey" stereotypes of auto mechanics. The advanced computer and electronic systems in today's cars and trucks have created high-demand and high-paying new career opportunities for skilled automotive technicians who are computer literate, mathematically-adept, educated and well trained. To help fill that demand in this region, WANADA sponsors the following programs:

The Automobile Dealer Education Institute (ADEI) Automotive Technician Training Program and Scholarship. This unique and nationally recognized training program for recent high school graduates and existing dealership employees is an "earn-while-you-learn" scholarship that combines NATEF certified classroom instruction in automotive repair fundamentals with real-world experience gained while working 40 hours per week at a WANADA member dealership. The ADEI scholarship is a four semester enterprise conducted in partnership with Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland and Marshall High School in Falls Church and Hayfield Secondary School in Hayfield, Virginia. Student ADEI program achievements can be applied toward an associate degree.

Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES). To help address the national shortage of qualified service technicians, WANADA supports AYES, a non-profit organization that forges structured, state-of-the-art "school-to-career" partnerships throughout the nation between auto dealers, manufacturers and local high schools. The program provides mentored in-dealership training for high school students prior to graduation and serves as a stepping stone to dealership jobs and further educational opportunities, such as the ADEI technician training scholarship programs offered by WANADA.

"Mini-Dealerships" Operated in conjunction with local boards of education for over 20 years, the Automotive Careers Technology (ACT) program is designed to introduce high school students to automotive careers through "mini-dealerships" licensed as used-car operations to retail vehicles reconditioned by students to the public. Mini-Dealerships are operating in various high schools throughout the metro region.