Joint effort with Mopar CAP, NC3 to train technicians for FCA US dealers nationwide
KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College’s Automotive Technology Institute on the Kokomo Campus will serve as one of 11 pilot programs for a new national training effort aimed at developing the stream of highly trained technicians needed for FCA US LLC dealers nationwide.
“We are very proud to announce Ivy Tech Kokomo is joining in the partnership involving FCA US and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3),” said David Bathe, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Lafayette Region. “This effort builds on our nationally certified Automotive Technology program by offering additional high-tech training that will lead to FCA US-certified technicians ready to fill service jobs for Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram dealers throughout the United States.”
FCA US recently announced the Mopar CAP (Career Automotive Program) LOCAL program in partnership with NC3. FCA US said it was establishing the program to train more than 1,000 students per year across more than 100 colleges. The program builds on FCA’s traditional Mopar CAP LOCAL program providing a larger geographic footprint to serve more dealers in a highly scalable, online certification model. Through this program, general automotive students enrolled in select two-year programs across the country will simultaneously be certified as Level 1 technicians. Ivy Tech Kokomo is one of 11 programs picked to serve as pilot sites.
According to John Fox, director of the FCA Performance Institute, “Leveraging NC3’s network of outstanding educational members and rigorous performance standards, the Mopar CAP LOCAL Program will allow FCA US to reach the corporation’s goal of adding over 5,500 additional skilled service technicians by 2018.”
“Not only will our dealerships gain much-needed, highly-skilled technicians but each will have the specialized training and familiarity with FCA dealerships to make them highly effective on Day One of employment,” Fox continued.
The program aims at addressing what FCA leadership has called “a great and growing need for skilled technicians.” Noting that in-house training programs run by automotive manufacturers are costly to run, are available at only a limited number of schools and produce relatively few technicians, FCA decided to tap into the hundreds of community and technical colleges across the United States that offer “general service” automotive programs.
Twelve Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealerships in Indiana have signed on to support the program at Ivy Tech Kokomo, including Tom O’Brien in Greenwood; Tom O’Brien North and Eastgate in Indianapolis; Westgate in Plainfield; Kahlo in Noblesville; Ed Martin in Anderson; Button Motors in Kokomo; Mike Anderson in Logansport, Marion and Rochester; Hendrickson in Monticello; Wabash Valley in Wabash; Twin City in Lafayette; and Bob Schwartz in Bunker Hill. The dealers recently participated in a kick-off meeting for the program that included tours of Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Automotive Technology facility.
“Having a CAP facility just minutes away is a wonderful thing for our dealership,” said Bob Schwartz, owner of the Bob Schwartz Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Bunker Hill. “Thanks to Ivy Tech for getting its program in a position to be chosen as a CAP school.”
Mike Erny, director of Automotive Technology at Ivy Tech Kokomo, said his program was ready to take advantage of the Mopar CAP LOCAL opportunity, having already been certified by NC3 as meeting all NC3/Snap-On equipment, training and curriculum requirements and having all the required equipment needed to hold the Center of Excellence distinction.
“The Mopar CAP LOCAL program is a positive addition for Ivy Tech students, giving them access to all the curriculum modules offered by this special dealership training effort,” Erny said. “The success of the partnership here will pave the way to expand the program to Ivy Tech’s statewide system a year from now.”
Under the agreement, Ivy Tech Kokomo will begin offering the Mopar CAP LOCAL modules this fall to students in the Automotive Technology program. Students successfully completing the program will have the training and certifications required to begin working as service technicians in FCA US dealerships.
In conjunction with FCA’s New Hire Technical Training Warranty Exemption Program, incoming Mopar CAP LOCAL employees of FCA US dealerships will be able to undertake Level 2 Technician service jobs, allowing them to gain accelerated technical experience while providing dealerships much-needed service support.
Reflecting on the new Mopar CAP LOCAL partnership with FCA US, Roger Tadajewski, executive director of NC3, noted, “The foresight and national leadership that FCA has taken toward training the next generation of skilled professionals puts it in a class of its own across all industries beyond automotive. Combined with the deep commitment of NC3’s colleges to industry-education partnerships and industry-driven education, the Mopar CAP LOCAL program sets a new bar in America for how training should be conducted.”
For more information on Ivy Tech’s Automotive Technology program, contact Mike Erny at 765-459-0561, ext. 7701, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about the national FCA/NC3 partnership, contact Dan Ramirez, director of Marketing & Development for NC3 at email@example.com.
About FCA US LLC
FCA US LLC is a North American automaker with a new name and a long history. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA US designs, engineers,
manufactures and sells vehicles under the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands as well as the SRT performance vehicle designation. The company also distributes the Alfa Romeo 4C model and Mopar products. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler, the innovative American automaker first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925; and Fiat, founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli. FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales, is an international automotive group. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”
NC3-National Coalition of Certification Centers is a network of education providers and corporations that supports, advances, and validates new and emerging technology skills in the transportation, aviation, and energy industry sectors. NC3 develops, implements and sustains industry-recognized portable certifications built on national skill standards. Learn more at www.nc3.net
About Ivy Tech
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Tipton and Wabash counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, Wabash and Tipton.