Auto & Career Expo
Nearly 800 high school students from all over NH got under the hood and in the driver’s seat at an automotive career expo hosted by the NH Automobile Dealers Association (NHADA), the NH Automotive Education Foundation (NHAEF), and NH’s Community Colleges, at the NH Motor Speedway in Loudon on October 12. The NHADA, NHAEF and the community colleges have partnered on this event for many years to introduce NH students to the opportunities in the automotive field.
“Students are surprised to learn of the variety of careers in the auto industry in New Hampshire. In addition to technicians, we have jobs in information technology, finance, and sales,” said Tom Cavanaugh, Fixed Operations Director of the AutoServ Group. “Technicians can earn a salary of $70,000 or more, and work in a comfortable environment with advancement opportunities. These are financially rewarding careers in an industry that has really evolved into a high-tech, sophisticated enterprise with the demand for a broad range of skills. ”
The colleges and area auto dealers showcased a variety of vehicles, new technology, and the “tools of the trade” including computerized diagnostic systems and more traditional gadgets. The students joined in interactive contests and hands-on activities. College admissions personnel answered questions about educational opportunities and financial aid.
New Hampshire’s community colleges offer programs in general Automotive Technology, as well as in specialized and manufacturer-specific fields including General Motors, Honda/Acura, Daimler-Chrysler, Toyota, Ford Maintenance & Light Repair (MLR), Service Management, Collision Repair, and Mobile Equipment. A Marine Technology degree program was also showcased at this event. The community college programs are closely aligned with industry and frequently include internships or co-op experiences as part of the curriculum.
The New Hampshire Automotive Education Foundation, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association, promotes educational opportunities and offers scholarships for New Hampshire students pursuing a career in Automotive Technology at any of the Community College System of New Hampshire Automotive Technology programs. NHADA members represent 25 percent of total retail sales in the state and employ over 13,000 people at NHADA member facilities. For more information, go to www.nhada.com.