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Western Nevada College does not enter Career and Technical Education Month lightly. WNC on Wednesday introduced a rebranding initiative for engineering departments and announced a new partnership with Michael Hohl Subaru and Subaru of America.
With a renewed focus on preparing students for respectable living wage careers and strengthening Northern Nevada’s talent pipeline for local employers, WNC has rebranded its technical education division as Workforce, Career & Technical Education.
“This new name – WCTE – more accurately describes the quality training opportunities WNC offers to help Nevadans engage in the workforce,” said Dr. Dana Ryan, VP of Academic and Student Affairs. “To be valuable to students and the community, programs must be aligned with the needs of employers, so we are proud to announce a new partnership with Subaru to help our automotive engineering students prepare for their careers becomes.”
Michael Hohl Subaru and Subaru of America support the launch of WCTE with the timely and gracious donation of a new 2023 Subaru. The new car will help WNC’s auto mechanic students learn up-to-date repair skills needed to work at local dealerships and garages on the latest vehicles.
“Subaru of America’s intention is to create a partnership platform with WNC and Michael Hohl Subaru to train and hire high-quality technicians with the goal of providing a lifetime of quality automotive employment opportunities,” said Subaru of America Zone Market Development Manager Ray Smith.
WNC Automotive Mechanics Instructor Sunshine Haupt is excited about the opportunities this new partnership will bring to Western students and the community.
“I believe the new partnership between Subaru and WNC will open up new ways for students and teachers to interact as a community,” she said. “With exciting new vehicles comes ‘scary’ computer training. Our partnership with Subaru will help us take the stigma out of the big, “scary” world of mechanics.
“WNC’s partnership with Subaru will put WNC on the radar of automotive industry seekers. The community no longer has to travel far out of state to receive state-of-the-art manufacturer training.”
Learn more about WNC’s WCTE programs, including Auto Mechanics, here.