CFADA's Involvement in Education
Innovative training and career readiness programs are essential to the vitality of Central Florida’s automotive industry.
Secondary and Post Secondary Education
Outstanding automotive programs are offered in Central Florida high schools, technical schools and colleges. Students interested in pursuing a career in the automotive industry are encouraged to visit with their guidance counselors, check websites and/or visit local schools.
CFADA and its member dealerships are strong supporters of continuing automotive education. Educational workshops and seminars are provided by CFADA and independent training companies.
The Driving Force Behind Industry Education
CFADA and its members regularly contribute their industry-insight to area schools and colleges to ensure they offer the courses and certifications that will best benefit the workforce. Members are often called upon to serve on numerous automotive secondary and post-secondary advisory boards and the Florida Automotive Programs Advisory Council (FLAPAC).
Additionally, the CFADA contributes display space to its partner schools and training programs during the Central Florida International Auto Show.
Driving Central Florida’s Future Together
CFADA donated $1,996,663 for the new “CFADA Professional Automotive Training Center” built on the Seminole State College, Sanford/Lake Mary, Florida campus, which was dedicated on January 19, 2007. This 55,000 square foot, $10.4 million, state-of-the-art training center was the result of a 10-year fundraising and lobbying effort. The offices of CFADA are located in the training center. SEE the list of people and companies whose generosity made the facility possible by viewing the Donors Wall at the training center.
Understanding that automotive education begins at the high school level, the CFADA annually sponsors the Central Florida Automotive Technology Competition for senior automotive students. First place team members represent the CFADA during the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City, a trip which is fully financed by CFADA.