In an effort to bring affordable training to more automotive professionals in need, the UBM Community Engagement Program has joined with Automotive Management Institute (AMi), National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and Technicians Service Training (TST) to provide scholarships for NACE Automechanika Chicago covering travel expenses, training costs and access to trade show product discovery.
NACE Automechanika, the largest U.S. trade show dedicated to high-end technical and management-related training for automotive service and collision repair shops, is July 26-29 at McCormick Place West in Chicago.
Scholarships will cover travel and hotel expenses for recipients as well as any costs associated with training courses during NACE Automechanika Chicago. Recipients also will receive cash vouchers redeemable with exhibitors at the NACE Automechanika Chicago expo to purchase tools, equipment and other services required to enhance their skillsets.
“We are pleased to work with three wonderful organizations in AMi, NATEF and TST as we all work to further the access to quality, in-demand training for automotive professionals across the industry,” said Jim Savas, GM and VP of the UBM Automotive Group. “We are fortunate to have the UBM Community Engagement Program support us in making it possible for more repairers and owners to participate in NACE Automechanika Chicago and continue to learn and improve their skills.”
To apply, visit www.NACEAutomechanika.com/scholarships. Criteria for each scholarship is listed and a single sign-on form is available for applicants. Winners will be notified in late May.
Scholarships from AMi are available for those who work in the automotive service or collision repair industry and served in the U.S. military, while NATEF scholarships are available for automotive educators and students over age 18. TST scholarships are available for technicians and shop owners meeting a variety of criteria.
“I’m pleased to team up with the UBM Community Engagement Program to assist the number of quality technicians and owners in the country who desire training and who could use a little help in obtaining it,” said G. Jerry Truglia, president of TST. “We have worked closely with UBM and its automotive group in promoting our annual Big Event. I’m pleased again to team up with groups that understand the importance of quality training, like what they receive at the Big Event and at NACE Automechanika Chicago.”
“We too look forward to providing the opportunity for educators and students to continue learning outside of their school classrooms,” said Trish Serratore, president of NATEF/AYES. “In order for our educators to teach future technicians, they need to stay up-to-date on trends and techniques. What a better way to do so than by training with professionals from around the country at NACE Automechanika Chicago.”
“With the quality training offered at NACE Automechanika Chicago, this provides us a tremendous way to give back to those who have served for all of us,” said Jeff Peevy, AMi president. “Opening the door for more training to be accessible to more technicians, collision repair specialists and more is an important step in guaranteeing the industry is ready and able to properly diagnose, repair and maintain the ever-changing vehicle fleet.”
Scholarship applications are available now at www.NACEAutomechanika.com/scholarships.
Registration is open for NACE Automechanika Chicago, and training topics covered at NACE Automechanika 2017 range from analysis of fuel trim corrections for drivability to social media for shops. Courses offered reflect current trends as well as showcase new techniques and processes to make business more efficient. You can view a list of training sessions scheduled through today; more will be added in coming months.
NACE Automechanika attendees also will be able to experience the latest technology, test equipment and discover advanced applications with live, interactive demonstrations. For the 2017 event, the show schedule has been adjusted to limit conflicts between exposition hours and training sessions.
For more information, visit www.NACEAutomechanika.com.