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As the technician shortage worsens, two other major dealer groups are investing in training future technicians at secondary level.

LaFontaine Automotive Group, one of Michigan’s largest dealer chains, with 28 stores and 10 collision centers, provides tools, training and mentors for a certified technician training program at a suburban Detroit high school .

Ecorse High School plans to accept 40 students per year – half from Grades 9 and 10 and the remaining 20 from Grades 11 and 12 – who will be ready to take ASE certifications when they complete the program. LaFontaine will welcome technology students to its stores this school year. Some students will be offered internships during the summer to gain hands-on experience and earn money, company spokesman Max Muncey said.

Ecorse High School is the model of LaFontaine’s plan to expand the program to other Michigan schools, Muncey said. LaFontaine, who currently has 120 technician positions, believes he will be more successful in attracting and retaining technicians by “developing his own,” Muncey said.

“Opportunities like this hopefully inspire students to embark on a career in the automotive industry and see the tremendous career growth available to them,” says Dan LaFontaine Jr., who manages the automotive industry. fixed operations of the company’s General Motors stores.

Over the summer, GM donated two vehicles, tools and parts to Ecorse High School to help kickstart the automotive training program.

“Upon completion of the Certified Technology program, our students will have the skills, connections and opportunity to immediately enter the workforce, hopefully with LaFontaine Automotive Group,” said the Ecorse Public Schools Superintendent, Josha Talison.

Automakers and dealerships have supported technical training courses in high schools for years as the industry struggles to meet the demand for new technologies.

This year in Philadelphia, dealer Harry Faulkner pledged $ 1 million in equipment, tools and human resources to Father Judge High School, which inaugurated its new Career Pathways Academy this summer.

In Florida, Ed Morse Automotive Group announced a partnership with SouthTech Academy, a vocational and technical high school located in Boynton Beach, Florida, north of Fort Lauderdale. From this alliance will be created the Ed Morse Automotive Technology Program.

The program will provide students with real automotive knowledge and hands-on experience. Students will benefit from an on-site observation internship and training opportunities with Ed Morse’s experienced technicians. Juniors and seniors can earn auto maintenance and light repair industry certifications from the Florida Auto Dealers Association and ASE.

In the past, Ed Morse Automotive Group, which has 24 dealerships, 42 franchises and 14 auto brands, has supplied SouthTech Academy with new automotive uniforms, vehicles to work on, educational assistance and the latest equipment. Group leaders will sit on the school’s advisory board and provide key industry best practices.

“We have supported this program, which continues to improve each year,” said Teddy Morse, CEO of Ed Morse Automotive Group, in a statement. “The academy produces incredible talents who are immediately ready to work at a high standard in any professional automotive environment. We currently have many graduates working with us in our service departments and we look forward to hiring more. much more.”

Timothy Brown, president of the academy’s automotive department, said in a statement that the Morse Group “has really helped us shape our cutting edge auto repair, collision and technology program into a program that changes. gives it on a national scale ”.

“When Ed Morse says they support you… they mean it,” said Brown, “and that is making a difference in the lives of our students.”