Ford Motor Company knows that in the future, it’s going to need a lot more automotive service technicians to fill the need of its customers and dealerships. Ford has a history of working with colleges and high schools to get programs teaching students to be service technicians vehicles that students can work on. Recently Ford donated a 2014 Ford Focus to automotive students at the Scott County Career and Technical Center so the students can get hands-on experience without having to leave the classroom.
The 2014 Ford Focus that was donated to the school will be used as a training tool for the students who hope to become automotive technicians. Along with working on the car, students also have the chance to enroll in Ford learning modules, giving them early access to the same training materials that a Ford technician would use at the dealership.
Ford Motor Company field service engineer, Ryan Hays, says that one of the things the automaker tries to do is get into high schools and career technical centers so that they can start recruiting young talent. Hays says that there is a big shortage in the automotive industry, pointing out that there were countless years where school counselors were telling students they all had to go to a four-year school, and that hurt the automotive industry, among others. Hays notes that Ford dealerships are willing to pay good money for good technicians.
The school already has an established relationship with Fairway Ford of Kingsport, which donates a car each year to Gate City High School as part of a drawing for students with perfect attendance. According to the school counselor, seven students have taken advantage of the modules offered by Ford, and Fairway Forward has hired six students from Scott County. Ford Canada is also working to lure students to the service technician field.