WANADA dealers join other industries in celebrating career training at annual FATE Partners Dinner
WANADA was pleased to attend a recent celebration of FATE, the Fairfax Applied Technical Education program at Fairfax County high schools. FATE trains students in several different trades, including auto repair. WANADAês ADEI (Automobile Dealer Education Institute) runs the auto tech training program through Fairfax County schools, and WANADA-ADEI is a sponsoring business partner of FATE.
Held at the Country Club of Fairfax, FATEês recent Student Enterprise and Business Partner Celebration Dinner included an awards presentation. Frank McCarthy of Sheehy Auto in Springfield, a Board member of both WANADA and ADEI, was recognized for his role in re-establishing ADEI Technician Development Training through FATE at Marshall Academy and bringing it to Springfield High School. Two FATE students are currently working at Sheehy stores.
ADEI runs a similar program in Maryland, at Montgomery College in Rockville. This program is closely partnered with the Automotive Trades Foundation, which oversees Montgomery County public high schools automotive technology and collision repair programs. Students in the program operate a licensed used-car dealership while in high school.
WANADA through its ADEI also has long sponsored the Studentsê Auto Sales Program that FATE operates through Fairfax County Public Schools. Similarly, ADEI has sponsored the MINIDealership through Montgomery County Public Schools. Both of these programs identify, educate, and inspire high school students toward auto dealer careers. Correspondingly, ADEIês Auto Technician Development Program recruits, employs and trains young adults as auto dealer-line technicians through MC in Rockville, MD and Marshall Academy in Falls Church and, more recently, Springfield, VA
It was an honor to receive the award from Fairfax County on behalf of WANADA in recognition for our support of the Foundation for Applied Technical Education (FATE), said Frank McCarthy. It was very evident how important the partnership with WANADA is to the Fairfax County school system in their efforts to provide educational opportunities for students and to provide the dealerships with career-minded technicians.Download Bulletin PDF