MANCHESTER - Driven by the explosion of technology and advancements in the auto industry, demand for well-skilled workers is higher than ever. To try and meet that statewide demand for qualified and trained workers, we hosted Auto Career Day at Manchester Community College, one of the central training hubs in the state. High school students from dozens of cities and towns traveled to Manchester to review and explore degree-based automotive technology programs throughout the Community College System of New Hampshire.
“We have every tool at our disposal to recruit and train students to join the lucrative and evolving automotive technology field; what we need are the people,” explained Peter McNamara, President of the New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association.
Auto shops and dealers all over our state are hiring right now. This Career Day hopefully attracted some new faces and put several on a path to a career in our field.”
Pictured below: Congressman Chris Pappas, New Hampshire Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut, NH Adjutant General David Mikolaities, and Congresswoman Annie Kuster, all who made an appearance.
The 2019 Auto Career Day hosted factory-based auto tech programs to include Heavy Diesel, GM ASEP, Toyota, Motorcycle, Audi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, Honda, Power Sports, Auto Body and Auto Technology.
Throughout the day, students interested in the industry spoke with our members and partners, and educators throughout the state of New Hampshire.
Students collected business cards, shook hands with, and learned from the thought leaders of the Automotive, Diesel, Motorcycle, and OHRV world — and, if they were lucky enough, they received posters, hats, stickers and other miscellaneous "swag".
The easiest way to obtain memorabilia was to ask a question during the panel (pictured below).
This year's panel featured Garrett Houle of LRCC and Quirk Automotive, Adam Memmolo, Service Manager, Grappone Automotive, Scott Mullin, Founder and VP of Souhegan Valley Motorsports, and MaryBeth Alosa, VP and GM of New England Kenworth.
The panel was MC'd by the General Manager of Autofair, John Crowley. John controlled the flow of the discussion while a 15-20 minute long video kept the students engaged. Afterwards, there was a Q&A directed at the panelists — and this year, there certainly wasn't a shortage in raised hands.
If you weren't able to catch the panel this year, it's available for your viewing below:
Part 1: Community Colleges, Job Interview and Safety Tips
Part 2: Meet The Panelists:
Garrett Houle, LRCC, Quirk Automotive
Adam Memmolo, Grappone Automotive
Scott Mullin, Souhegan Valley Motorsports
MaryBeth Alosa, New England Kenworth
A special thanks to all of our panelists, members, partners, students, and most importantly, the educators from each CTE and community college that help feed the pipeline of qualified technicians into the industry.