NEW YORK, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- "With jobs the number one issue in the country, it is clear that the retail automobile sector in greater New York is at the forefront of helping people get well-paying jobs in an industry with a bright future," said Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association Chairman Lou Giordano at the five-year anniversary of the Center for Automotive Education & Training.
Since its grand opening five years ago, the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association's (GNYADA) Center for Automotive Education & Training has placed more than 1,500 students in jobs after graduating from its post-secondary program. Today, the educational complex is running at full capacity preparing more than 700 students for automotive careers each year.
The Center's 5th anniversary will be marked on Wednesday, October 13th with a special celebration and facility tour featuring the Queens Borough President, GNYADA President and Chairman, former graduates now working in dealerships, state and local legislators, and media.
In addition to providing a training ground for students preparing to enter the workforce, GNYADA's Center for Automotive Education & Training is a continuing education resource for thousands of dealership and automaker personnel each year. The full-service facility provides the latest technologically advanced training equipment available to support skill development and job placement.
"Our aim with the building's design was to update the notion of what an automotive education facility should be. Through the innovative use of technology, contemporary materials and well- appointed details, GNYADA has transformed a 7.1 acre formerly vacant lot into a beautifully landscaped, architecturally significant area resource," said GNYADA president Mark Schienberg.
Schienberg, who sees the project as a clear demonstration of how committed the auto industry is to maintaining a skilled and professional workforce, believes that education and training is vital to the future success of the industry.
"Thankfully the auto retailers that make up this Association had the vision and foresight to anticipate the changing needs of the industry and embrace this project," continued Schienberg. "This facility is helping ensure that employees in our sales, service, and administrative divisions have the technical and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in today's dealerships."
CAET's Education and Training Partners
The $28 million educational complex continues to pave the way for a new generation of tech-savvy employees in all areas of the auto business.
Lincoln Technical Institute (LTI), a national leader in automotive education for more than 50 years, serves as the Association's education partner, providing entry level technician training. LTI's technician training program occupies 50,000 square-feet and trains more than 700 students each year.
Twelve new car manufacturers utilize the facility on an on-going basis for continuing education for employees. Toyota is a full-time tenant with its own dedicated service bay and classrooms.
The facility also accommodates GNYADA's own broad range of education and training programs and courses, which currently consists of nearly 100 seminars and workshops held each year for local dealership personnel. The Center offers 30 different classifications for job training in areas such as service, management, sales, billing and bookkeeping. GNYADA's Center for Automotive Education & Training is located four miles from LaGuardia and eight miles from John F. Kennedy airports in the College Point Corporate Park, an area managed by the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
The Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association represents nearly 650 franchised automobile dealerships in the metro area of New York, selling more than 700,000 cars each year. GNYADA organizes the New York International Automobile Show—the largest auto show in North America—each spring in Manhattan's Jacob Javits Convention Center.
SOURCE Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association