Students, start your engines: Oct. 18 auto industry open house at MCC

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MANCHESTER, NH – This Thursday, October 18, 2018 is New Hampshire’s Auto Career Day. Hosted by Manchester Community College, Auto Career Day is an opportunity for High School Auto Tech students to be exposed to degree-based automotive technology programs throughout the Community College System of New Hampshire. There is a shortage nationally for highly trained auto technicians and New Hampshire is no different.

“New Hampshire has a comprehensive pipeline to recruit, train and retain the best and brightest students for these careers,” says Jessica Dade, Assistant Executive Director and Career Coordinator for the New Hampshire Automotive Education Foundation.

Auto Career Day will run from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Manchester Community College. It is expected to host over 800 students from throughout New Hampshire.

The 2018 Auto Career Day will host factory-based auto tech programs to include General Motors, Toyota, Honda, Subaru, Ford and many more. Heavy Truck and Diesel Equipment programs will be in attendance. Other automotive industry careers to be highlighted will be the motorsports industry courtesy of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and their pit crew simulator. New England Kenworth and the New Hampshire State Police will be demonstrating the weighing of trucks while discussing careers in both trucking and law enforcement. There will be a panel discussion for students to learn more about the pathway to high paying careers in automotive technology and various other aspects of the automotive industry. “The support from both CCSNH and the automotive industry is unsurpassed this year,” says Dade.

The New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association, New Hampshire Automotive Education Foundation and the Community College System of New Hampshire work tirelessly to highlight that “auto tech is high tech” and the careers available pay well and are rewarding. Auto Career Day is all about transitioning from the high school auto tech programs into the CCSNH degree-based programs and into industry. “We are really excited for this year’s Auto Career Day having expanded the opportunity for students,” says Dade.