American Honda and Nashua Community College Partner to Place Students with Skilled Jobs and Fill Workforce Gap in Automotive Industry

American Honda and Nashua Community College Partner to Place Students with Skilled Jobs and Fill Workforce Gap in Automotive Industry

August 18, 2017

American Honda and Nashua Community College Partner to Place Students with Skilled Jobs and Fill Workforce Gap in Automotive Industry

Automotive industry looks to Nashua Community College as impending technician turnover looms

Nashua, NH – Nashua Community College (NCC) has partnered with American Honda to train students in automotive technology, to fill a growing technician skills gap found in many dealerships throughout the state due to turnover and retirement. The partnership, the only one of its kind in New Hampshire and one of only 27 nationwide,  offers a curriculum specifically tailored by American Honda, an internship at local Honda and Acura dealerships and often a career at the dealership upon completion of the program.  

Honda Automotive Technology (Honda PACT) is a regional program that has partnerships with several Honda and Acura dealerships across New England, many of which employ Nashua Community College graduates. The program, which dictates curriculum and policy, was created by Honda and educates students about Honda systems, technology, and repair documentation instructions, turning enrolled students into Honda technicians. As a NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) certified program, Honda PACT also educates students in general purpose automotive education. Students are provided with the rare opportunity to go to Honda’s training center at Windsor Locks, CT immediately following graduation.

“The Honda PACT program at Nashua Community College is filling a tremendous need because the demand for technicians is going to explode in the next few years,” said Al DeRosa, program coordinator for the Honda PACT program and a 1994 graduate of NCC. “There is a direct need for younger employees as the age of employment at dealerships is rising due to a large age gap between soon-to-be retiring technicians and those just entering the workforce.”

Through the Honda PACT program, students balance on-campus training with a 640-hour internship which takes place during the second semester at a Honda dealership. Upon completion of the program, students receive an Associate in Science degree in Honda Automotive Technology. Approximately 90% of students turn their internships into full-time jobs post-graduation.

“The Nashua Community College program is ideally situated to cater to the New Hampshire and Boston markets with dealerships benefiting instantly from graduates who have the skills and necessary training to start servicing vehicles from day one,” said Brian Moore, the industry education coordinator for American Honda. “It’s a win-win situation for both parties.”

Students complete the program with 50-60% of the training necessary to become master Honda technicians, giving them a significant competitive advantage in the job market.

“The hands-on training and practical application at my internship enabled me to apply the theories I was learning and to see them in action. Following my internship, I was hired right away by my dealer of choice. Participating in the Honda PACT program was the best choice I made,” said Chris Chute, a 2013 Nashua Community College Honda PACT graduate who works at Honda Cars of Boston.

The Honda PACT Associate in Science degree program, also known as Honda Automotive Technology, is one of only 27 programs of its kind nationwide and the only one in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. All students from any state can enjoy the benefits of NCC’s in state tuition rates.

To learn more about Nashua Community College’s Honda PACT partnership with American Honda, contact Al DeRosa at 603.578.8900 Ext. 1473, aderosa@ccsnh.edu or visit nashuacc.edu.

About Nashua Community College

Since 1970, Nashua Community College has been successfully meeting the educational needs of the Greater Nashua area by providing a high quality, two-year, post-secondary education. The college partners closely with area industries that provide students with a unique perspective in their fields of study, allowing for a real-world experience to further their academic journey. Students can choose from a variety of associate degree and certificate programs, with six programs now being offered online. Nashua Community College is a member of the Community College System of New Hampshire. The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors and embraces the “65 by 25 initiative,” which calls for 65 percent of New Hampshire citizens to have some form of postsecondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands. For more information about Nashua Community College, visit http://nashuacc.edu/.

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