Posted: June 14, 2017
One of New England’s Largest Selling Manufacturers Joins MCC; Expanded Job Opportunities for Local Students at Dozens of Dealers in Region
Manchester - “Confidence in Motion” is the business motto of Subaru, but the manufacturer could just as easily use the same phrase in talking about a newly expanded partnership with Manchester Community College. This fall, Subaru joins Audi, Ford and Fiat Chrysler to offer the most options of any Auto Tech program in New Hampshire, in addition to MCC’s Global and certificate programs. The announcement also means even greater job opportunities for graduates of the popular program at MCC, which has undergone tremendous expansion of both programs and facilities for training students. Subaru is number three in overall sales in the northeast.
“We are thrilled to be able to add one of the most popular auto manufacturers in the Northeast to our school’s auto technology programs,” says MCC President Susan Huard. “With 64 dealers within just a few hours’ drive of our campus, there will be many opportunities for our graduates to leave with both a degree and a job.”
Like other manufacturer programs at MCC, local Subaru dealers will offer paid internships (“co-ops”) with participating local dealers, which means further savings for students who will be required to complete nearly 1,600 hours of classroom training and another 880 hours of on-the-job training at co-op dealerships. Graduates will earn certifications from Subaru once coursework is completed. “Our new curriculum beginning this fall, with real-life experience at a co-op site, and partnerships with four manufacturers, makes MCC’s Automotive technology program one of the most comprehensive training programs of its type,” explains Marc Bellerose, chair of MCC’s Automotive Technology Department.
There is a big demand for technicians from all brands including Subaru. According to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, automotive technician jobs are expected to grow by 5% to 8%. In addition, auto tech jobs average $58,000 salary in NH, and experts in the field report that within a few years, it is not uncommon for skilled, experienced well-trained technicians to earn a six-figure salary at local dealerships. “The technology requires advanced training and we are proud to be working with Subaru and other manufacturers to be providing tomorrow’s workforce,” says Bellerose.
Applications are now being accepted for the fall MCC auto-tech program. Students will be enrolled in classes that will expose them to technology specific to Subaru as well as other manufacturers partnered with the school. For more information, please visit the Automotive Technology program page.