BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio – Each year, the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association (GCADA) donates $30,000 in scholarships to college students pursuing careers in automotive technology.
One scholarship recipient is Steven John, who recently completed Honda’s professional automotive career training (PACT) program offered at Stark State College in North Canton, Ohio.
“Coming to Stark State from Michigan was definitely a challenge because you have to pay the out of state tuition and having the extra money from the Greater Cleveland Auto Dealers Association was definitely a big help with just the stress of paying for school,” said John, who was hired by Serra Honda in Akron, Ohio. “Those things I learned in school are things I’m going to carry throughout my life, my career. And I’m definitely thankful for them that they were able to provide me with these opportunities at the school.”
GCADA also provides financial support to students enrolled in the automotive technology program at Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, Ohio.
“We partner with these auto tech programs locally to ensure the long-term success in the service departments at franchised new-car dealerships,” said Lou Vitantonio, GCADA president. “The next generation of auto techs must be well equipped to handle the ever-increasing technological content on the vehicles of tomorrow.”
To date, GCADA has awarded more than $350,000 in scholarships to students enrolled in the auto tech programs at both Cuyahoga Community College and Stark State College.