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Mopar® Recruits Colleges to Train Dealer Service Techs

Program expects to train 1,000 students annually

February 24, 2016

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Have you ever dreamed of tuning up a Dodge Challenger? If becoming Mopar’s next top dealership service technician is your fantasy, now you have a chance to make your dreams a reality.

A FCA US program designed to develop a critical stream of highly-trained technicians to work in its U.S. dealerships has added 20 colleges to its growing network of certified technical training sites.

FCA US established the program – known as Mopar CAP (Career Automotive Program) LOCAL – in partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) to train approximately 1,000 students annually.

“Together, with our partner NC3, we are making great progress in expanding our geographic footprint of training sites by identifying and certifying colleges nationwide that have highly qualified automotive programs,” said John Fox, Director of Dealer Training at FCA US. “Plans are to launch 30 additional educational sites during 2016 and we are well on our way to reaching our goal of enlisting more than 100 certified colleges by 2018.”

According to Mopar CAP website, the curriculum is a self-study, web-based format. However, students will also get a chance to gain real work experience by completing internships at their sponsoring dealerships.

According to Mopar CAP website, the curriculum is a self-study, web-based format. However, students will also get a chance to gain real work experience by completing internships at their sponsoring dealerships.

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Mopar CAP LOCAL prepares technicians to work as Level 1 Technicians upon graduation from a certified, two-year training institution, such as a university, college, community college or technical center. NC3 certifies each Mopar CAP LOCAL school to ensure they meet the stringent requirements necessary for success.

“NC3 couldn’t be more pleased with the successful local partnerships being formed between FCA US and NC3 leadership schools,” said Roger Tadajewski, Executive Director of NC3.

“With 20 schools launched in the first six months and more than 4,500 Level 0 and Level 1 training modules already completed, the pipeline of technician talent to local dealerships is well underway across the nation. The Mopar CAP LOCAL program has quickly become one of the most important and effective workforce development projects in many years.”

FCA US and NC3 announced their partnership in July 2015. Mopar CAP LOCAL is an extension of FCA’s traditional Mopar CAP program that has been training service technicians to work in Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, and Ram Truck dealerships since 1984. The traditional Mopar CAP has 31 colleges training service technicians primarily in metropolitan areas of the country. The new Mopar CAP LOCAL program is enlisting schools in secondary and rural markets as well.

Mopar CAP Local schools
• Gateway Technical College (Pilot), Kenosha, Wis.
• Ivy Tech Community College, Kokomo, Ind.
• Hill Community College, Dallas, Texas
• Washburn Institute of Technology, Topeka, Kan.
• New England Institute of Technology, Warwick, R.I.
• American River College, Sacramento, Calif.
• TCAT – Elizabethton, Elizabethton, Tenn.
• Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
• North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, N.D.
• Wayne Community College, Goldsboro, N.C.
• Linn Benton Community College, Corvallis, Ore.
• Wichita Area Technical College, Wichita, Kan.
• Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, Ore.
• Evergreen Valley College, San Jose, Calif.
• Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Neb.
• IvyTech Community College – Evansville, Evansville, Ind.
• Lawson State Community College, Bessemer, Ala.
• Tyler Junior College, Tyler, Texas