DARCARS hosts auto tech students at 355 Toyota

DARCARS 355 Toyota recently hosted a group of auto technology students from Gaithersburg High School to give them a chance to see a dealership in action. The DARCARS dealership group has brought in students for dealership orientation tours for more than 10 years.

“We are always looking for new ideas to engage with students during the field trips,” said Farzad Makarehchi, DARCARS’ corporate technical director. “In so doing, we provide the students with a better exposure to the automotive process.”

In an effort to try something different this year, Makarehchi divided the 40 students on the tour into groups of seven or eight. The student groups interacted with technicians, parts personnel, and the service manager about their respective automotive careers, their different levels of experience, and how much they moved around for different jobs.

“We told them there was going to be a contest with an online quiz at the end,” Makarehchi said. “The questions were multiple-choice, and the students answered using their cell phones.

“Our goal was to have them bond, communicate and ask questions,” he said. “The connection we made with the students was remarkable, making the overall experience a grand success.”

Makarehchi said he was grateful to Montgomery County Public Schools for providing DARCARS the opportunity to host the students.

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