High school students from across New Hampshire get insider knowledge about automotive technology careers

High school students from across New Hampshire get insider knowledge about automotive technology careers

High school students from across New Hampshire get insider knowledge about automotive technology careers

Community College System of New Hampshire and New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association in 20th year of partnership to present Automotive Career Day to NH students

Nashua, NH – Today, more than 500 high school students saw firsthand the careers in automotive technology waiting for them when they are ready to enter the workforce. The high school students, all enrolled in automotive technology programs at New Hampshire Career Technical Education (CTE) schools across the state, attended the Community College System of New Hampshire’s (CCSNH) Automotive Career Day with the New Hampshire Automotive Dealers Association (NHADA) at Nashua Community College. There, instructors from auto tech programs and representatives from Granite State automotive businesses helped students map career goals and match them to the training programs that will help get them there.

“By bringing all of the resources to one location for students, we make it easier for them to apply to the right program through several educational pathways and training opportunities that they might not take advantage of otherwise,” said Karl Wunderlich, the department chair of industry and transportation programs at Nashua Community College, which includes NCC’s programs in general automotive technology, an auto tech program in partnership with Honda, and collision repair technology. “The automotive technology industry changes so quickly and involves such a range of technologies that it can be daunting to know what to do first. We can help demystify this.”

Those resources include industry partners who hope their advice will drive students to consider a career at their businesses, where the statewide worker shortage and advanced training requirements can make it difficult for them to find qualified candidates.

Together, CCSNH and NHADA have hosted an automotive career day for the last 20 years to bring together all facets of the automotive industry, including independent repair shops, new car dealerships, motorcycle sales and repair businesses, and heavy machine companies. Students gain career advice and connections with potential future employers, and seek recommendations about which programs will work best for each student.

“These are high-tech jobs with high wages and there are hundreds of open positions for young men and women.,” said Jessica W. Dade, industry education alliance manager and auto tech student recruiter with NHADA. “We’re happy to help future automotive technicians find the path to their dream careers through this initiative.”

Industry members were joined by representatives from CCSNH campuses with automotive technology degree and certificate programs, including White Mountains Community College, which offers mobile equipment technology, automotive technology associate degree and service management programs; Lakes Region Community College, which offers GM Automotive Service Education (GM-ASEP), Toyota Technician Education Network (T-TEN), and automotive technology; Manchester Community College, which offers Chrysler Career Automotive Program (MCAP), Ford Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR), Audi Education Partnership, Subaru University, and automotive technology; Nashua Community College, which offers Honda Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT), collision repair, and automotive technology; and Great Bay Community College, which offers automotive technology and motorcycle maintenance and repair technology programs.

The agenda included faculty demonstrations and presentations, interactive displays and engaging activities, as well as tool displays and a selection of vehicles for students to view and learn about.

To learn more about the training opportunities available at CCSNH campuses across the state, visit ccsnh.edu. For more information about NHADA, visit nhada.com.

Nashua Community College Automotive Technology Program Coordinator Tim Hogan, left and automotive adjunct professor Ben Wagstaff

Nashua Community College Adjunct Professor Ben Wagstaff brought a race car he personally assembled to show visiting high school students the ins and outs of the vehicle – plus footage of him racing it

Seacoast School of Technology students at Nashua Community College

High school students trying out paint tools at Nashua Community College: https://we.tl/1kcdTaaAbF


The Community College System of NH consists of seven colleges, offering associate degree and certificate programs, professional training, transfer pathways to four-year degrees, and dual-credit partnerships with NH high schools. The System’s colleges are Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth and Rochester; Lakes Region Community College in Laconia; Manchester Community College; Nashua Community College; NHTI – Concord’s Community College; River Valley Community College in Claremont, Lebanon and Keene; and White Mountains Community College in Berlin, Littleton and North Conway.  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% of NH citizens to have some form of postsecondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands.