ADEI Technician Training Program Kicks Off Fall Semester with Luncheon

ADEI Technician Training Program Kicks Off Fall Semester with Luncheon

In preparation for the highest enrollment in the programês history, WANADAês Automobile Dealer Education Institute (ADEI) brought technician training students, teachers, mentors and program sponsors together at Montgomery Collegeês Gudelsky Institute for a rousing kick-off luncheon. The gathering included over 50 students, dealership personnel and instructors. Classroom activities begin next week, with enrollees receiving NATEF certified training at one of ADEIês three locations in Maryland and Virginia. In addition to Montgomery College in Rockville, classes are held at Hayfield Academy in Springfield and Marshall Academy in Falls Church.

–We thought we had hit a high water-mark last year,” said John OêDonnell, WANADA President, –but the program continues to grow year after year. Weêre incredibly thankful to our participating dealers for supporting our efforts. Itês the best way to simultaneously keep technicians in their personnel pipeline while providing a young person with training and mentorship to begin an eminently successful career.”

ADEIês technician training program is distinct from other technical schools in that students go to school tuition-free, receive a free set of starter tools provided by Snap-On, are placed in a dealership where they can earn a paycheck, and are assigned a mentor at their workplace to help bring them along in their educational and professional pursuits.

–The combination of free tuition, job placement, NATEF certified curriculum and mentorship makes our program unparalleled for aspiring auto techs,” said Joe Koch, Vice President of Association Operations at WANADA. –From the dealerês perspective, they are making a small financial investment to make sure they have promising young talent in their garages or to enhance the knowledge of their existing technicians. Itês an optimal development system for both parties.”

Students, mentors and service managers were treated to a lunch of barbeque brisket, pork and all the trimmings while interacting with one another and program architects like Harold Redden of Fitzgerald Auto Malls and Steve Boden of Montgomery Countyês Automotive Trades Foundation. John OêDonnell offered some brief comments, as did WANADAês ADEI program manager Billy Painter and instructor Mike Carretta. Afterward, Target gift certificates were raffled off to five lucky students.

For more information about, call or email Billy Painter at bp@wanada.org, 202-236-2270 (cell) or 202-237-7200 (office).

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