College Opens Hendrick Center for Automotive Excellence – Wake Tech Newsroom

April 13, 2022 by No Comments

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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 13, 2022) – It has been said that the road to job opportunity runs through the middle of Wake Tech. Soon, the cars on that road will have highly-skilled technicians to maintain them, thanks to Wake Tech’s new Hendrick Center for Automotive Excellence. Today, Governor Roy Cooper, automotive industry icon Rick Hendrick, and other elected officials and industry partners cut the ribbon on the $42 million state-of-the-art facility on Wake Tech’s Scott Northern Wake Campus. The facility will allow the college to triple the number of students in its automotive systems technology program and add a new degree program in collision repair.

“We’re thrilled to open what is without a doubt the premier automotive training facility in our state – and in the country,” said Wake Tech President Dr. Scott Ralls. “Automotive maintenance and collision repair have changed so drastically, and technicians today need highly-specialized skills. Now we’ll be able to provide the Triangle’s many dealerships and service centers with the qualified workforce they need.”

The new facility was made possible by a number of industry partners, particularly Hendrick Automotive Group, for which the center is named. Hendrick Automotive Group has established a $1 million endowment to support students, faculty, staff and technology in the college’s automotive programs. The company employs more than 5,000 people in North Carolina, including nearly 1,200 in the Triangle.

“It’s incredibly important that the automotive industry continues to attract young talent by offering them the best possible education and career opportunities,” said Rick Hendrick, chairman and CEO of Hendrick Automotive Group. “This new educational center on the campus of Wake Tech will help address our longstanding need for qualified auto technicians. By collaborating with our manufacturer partners, Wake Tech has built a facility that will grow with our industry and prepare people for well-paying jobs right here in North Carolina. They hit it out of the park.”

Hendrick, who is also the owner of NASCAR’s Hendrick Motorsports, joined Wake Tech President Dr. Scott Ralls, Governor Roy Cooper, Wake Tech Board Vice Chair Kellie Falk and Wake County Board of Commissioners Chair Sig Hutchinson in making the announcement.

“This center will help students expand critical skills and and keep up with rapidly changing automobile technology,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “North Carolina is leading the way in the transition to clean transportation and partnerships like this one between Hendrick Automotive Group and Wake Technical Community College strengthen our economy and secure our clean energy future.”

The Hendrick Center for Automotive Excellence features a 16,500…….

Source: https://www.waketech.edu/post/wt-news-story/11721

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