ADEI mentor lunch draws enthusiastic crowd

ADEI mentor lunch draws enthusiastic crowd

The recent mentor lunch for students and dealer service managers involved in WANADAês Technician Development Program drew nearly 70 participants. The January 11 event at Montgomery College was organized by WANADAês career education arm, Automobile Dealer Education Institute (ADEI).

Representatives came from Capitol Cadillac, Chevy Chase Acura, Fitzgerald Auto Malls, Darcars, Euro Motors, Ourisman, and Toyota of Bowie, among others. The lunch was both for students who are already working in dealerships and those who are getting ready to start the program who want to meet their teacher. Students at the lunch heard short talks by WANADA CEO John OêDonnell and member services representative Billy Painter.

–We had good turnout,” said Painter. –Thereês a lot of excitement about the upcoming spring semester.”

The Mentor Lunch offered an opportunity for students, especially new ones, to meet participants from other dealerships. Each student works with the sponsoring dealershipês service manager and a line technician mentor who coordinates on-the-job training with the ADEI coursework.

Students will work four days a week at sponsoring dealerships as they attend classes at MC once a week. Classes start Jan. 24. ADEIês companion program in Northern Virginia offers adult education classes at Marshall Academy in Falls Church and Hayfield High School Adult Education in Alexandria. Virginia classes start around the same time as in Maryland.

WANADA has several potential students who are looking for dealership employment as a way into the program. Any dealers who are interested in sponsoring them may contact Billy Painter at or 202-236-2270.

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