Several dozen WANADA Automobile Dealer Education Institute students, dealership staffers, and longtime supporters of the initiative gathered in Rockville last week for lunch at Montgomery College, where program enrollees take classes and train at the college’s auto-repair shop. WANADA Board of Directors Chairman John Bowis addressed the attendees, as did representatives from the Montgomery Village Rotary Club and the Masons. Those groups have been longtime financial supporters of ADEI, and their representatives, including past Rotary District Governor Rich Carson, praised WANADA’s Archie Avedisian, who at 91 years old continues to secure tens of thousands of dollars in funding for the program.
Through ADEI, hundreds of high school graduates have mastered the intricate skills needed to become an auto-repair technician, and they have secured stable, good-paying jobs at local auto dealerships because of the program. Participants in the program receive free tools, free training, mentorship from a dealer’s service technician, and real-world training at a dealership before securing a full-time job upon completion of the program. For more information on the ways ADEI recruits and places eager, enthusiastic technicians-in-training, please visit adei-programs.org.Download Bulletin PDF