GRCC joins Fiat Chrysler network of certified training sites



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

(616) 234-4213

Sept. 15, 2016 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College is joining Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' network of certified technical training sites.

FCA US LLC established the Mopar Career Automotive Program LOCAL in partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers to train approximately 1,000 students annually.

The new partnership, announced today, is an exciting development for GRCC's automotive technician program, said President Dr. Steven C. Ender.

"This is another way for GRCC to meet the needs of business and industry leaders in our region and in our state," he said.  

Mopar CAP LOCAL prepares people to work as Level 1 Technicians upon graduation from certified two-year training institutions. NC3 certifies each Mopar CAP LOCAL school to ensure that it meets the stringent requirements necessary for success.

Bill Pink, vice president and dean of the School of Workforce Development at GRCC, said the partnership will provide students with skills that are in demand.

"We are honored to be the first community college in Michigan to have this level of partnership with Fiat/Chrysler," he said. "What a great opportunity for our students to add more expertise to their GRCC experience!"

Plans for the Mopar CAP LOCAL program call for launching 20 additional education sites in 2016, said John Fox, director of dealer training at FCA US. 

"Together with our partner, NC3, we are making great progress in expanding our geographic footprint of training sites by identifying and certifying colleges nationwide that have highly qualified automotive programs," he said. "We are well on our way to reaching our goal of enlisting more than 100 certified colleges by 2018."

The program has benefits for Fiat/Chrysler, NC3 and the schools, said Roger Tadajewski, executive director of NC3.

"With 30 schools launched in the first year and more than 9,500 Level 0 and Level 1 training modules already completed, the pipeline of technician talent to local dealerships is well underway across the nation," he said. "The Mopar CAP LOCAL program has quickly become one of the most important and effective workforce development projects in many years."

FCA US and NC3 announced their partnership in July 2015. Mopar CAP LOCAL is an extension of FCA's traditional Mopar CAP program that has been training service technicians to work in the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck dealerships since 1984. The traditional Mopar CAP has 31 colleges training service technicians primarily in metropolitan areas of the country. The Mopar CAP LOCAL program is enlisting in secondary and rural markets as well.

NC3 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.

FCA US LLC is a North American automaker with a new name and a long history. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., 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 1915, 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."

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.