Parkland College's Automotive Technology program has received a generous donation from Mercedes-Benz USA in the form of a vehicle for use as an instructional aid within a recently established training partnership.
Parkland received the 2017 E300 luxury sedan in early August as part of the Mercedes-Benz Technician Training and Development Program. Mercedes-Benz USA expanded its training and development programs in recent years to combat the shortage of qualified automotive technicians in the US.
The donation will allow Parkland College's Automotive Technology and Motorsport students to complete up to 20 Mercedes-Benz certifications while in the program, according to Parkland Transportation Faculty Chair Jon Ross.
"The Transportation Programs at Parkland College are excited to be able to offer the training in cooperation with Mercedes-Benz USA," said Ross. "The donation by Mercedes-Benz USA reinforces the quality and reputation of our automotive training program. We have a long relationship with our local Mercedes-Benz service center, Sullivan-Parkhill Imports. This new partnership will enhance the opportunity for students to enter the workplace with additional certifications that our employers are looking for."
Students in the program will also be able to:
Receive exposure to innovative Mercedes-Benz technologies and products
Develop a skill set for success as a Mercedes-Benz Registered Technician and beyond
Earn a potential internship at a Mercedes-Benz dealership
Gain experience on the latest equipment in the industry
Receive basic to intermediate technical training from campus instructors
Complete the online course and in-dealer internship to earn their Registered Technician Certification
For more information on the Automotive Technology program and the Mercedes-Benz training program, please email email@example.com.
[Image from Sullivan-Parkhill Imports, Inc.]