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SPRINGFIELD — The Workforce Institute at Lincoln Land Community College has partnered with Green Family Stores and Landmark Ford for the Ford Automotive Career Exploration (ACE) program. ACE aims to raise awareness and increase interest in career opportunities within the automotive industry, particularly as a service technician.
“This partnership is a great step forward in providing the best education and a career pathway for our automotive technology students,” said Nancy Sweet, dean of the LLCC Workforce Institute.
Under the agreement, both Ford dealerships will be active members on the advisory committee for LLCC’s auto tech program, provide class presentations twice a year, partici- pate in annual career events as well as job shadowing, and offer paid internships and part-time jobs for students, lead- ing to full-time careers.
“We see this as a win-win where we are involved in the students’ education as they learn from the experts to pro- vide a clear path to a lucrative career at our dealership,” said Kevin Epley, human resources director at Landmark Autogroup.
Josh Laurent, corporate director of fixed operations, Green Family Stores, said, “We want to encourage more students to enter the field of automotive technology and mentor them along the way so they stay local and fill our available jobs. We know the quality of LLCC auto tech grads and have great careers waiting for them.”