WANADA/ADEI Tech Training front and center at Rotary Day in Farragut Square, DC
Technician Training through WANADAês Auto Dealer Education Institute was center stage, literally and figuratively, at the Rotary International Day of Service above Self that was staged in Washingtonês historic downtown DC park, Farragut Square. As one of a number of prominent community projects, supported by the four Rotary Clubs in the District of Columbia, ADEI Technician Training was afforded prime exhibitor space for its sponsorship of Rotary Day in the park. The sponsorship was a role reversal for WANADA since Rotary clubs across the Washington Area are longtime grant supporters of ADEI.
Rotary Day took over the prestigious K Street, NW side of Farragut Square from 10 am until 3pm, last Saturday, April 25, gaining exhibitors the opportunity to visit with scores of official and unofficial weekend visitors out and about in the park. A prominent visitor was Phil Mendelson, chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia, who praised Rotary and its service club participants in Rotary Day from an outdoor stage set up for the occasion. Rotary District (7620) Governor William Fine was also on hand, who saluted the concerted DC clubsê effort to actualize Rotary Day in Capital of the World, appropriate, he said, since Rotary Day programming is an initiative of Rotary International worldwide.
When ADEI reps got the chance to speak to Rotary participants and guests in Farragut Square, Harold Redden, Fitzgerald AutoMalls, ADEI chairman, outlined the success Technician Training has enjoyed at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md. and Marshall Academy, Falls Church, Va. by developing hundreds upon hundreds of aspiring young adults into line technicians in Washington Area dealerships over the course of the past dozen years.
MC Tech Training instructor Mike Carretta, speaking from the stage with ADEI student Brian Altman of Euro Motorcars, provided compelling testimony of ADEIês unique dealership on-the-job- training that effectively blends with customized NATEF Certified education to make the program the industry success story it has been. At the end of the program, people like me are set for life with a career like none other, which is what being an auto technology professional is all about, said Brian.
Besides Messrs. Redden, Carretta and Altman, the ADEI exhibit at Rotary Day was ably represented by Steve Boden, M.Ed., ADEI Tech Training curriculum advisor, along with Kathy Teich and Gerry Murphy of WANADA.Download Bulletin PDF