FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association
Auto Dealers Donate More Than $182,000 for Educational Assistance
Cleveland, OH (June 12, 2017) – The Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association (GCADA), through its Auto Dealers' Educational Assistance Foundation (ADEAF), has awarded $150,000 in individual scholarships to dealership employees or their dependents as well as a total of $32,500 to support post-secondary automotive technology programs at three colleges.
“I am proud to announce the awarding of 60 one-year scholarships of $2,500 each to these deserving students for the 2017-2018 academic year,” said Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the GCADA. “The GCADA and our member dealers are dedicated to supporting post-secondary education, and not only at institutions that help people pursue a career in the automotive industry.”
Individual scholarship winners were chosen from a list of more than 150 applicants comprised of dependents of member dealership employees or employees of member dealers. It marked the 26th year of the program. The amount of the donation made and number of the individual scholarships awarded by auto dealers have increased virtually every year since the program’s inception.
In addition to the individual scholarships, the GCADA through ADEAF, also announced that it is awarding a total of $32,500 to support post-secondary automotive technology programs at Stark State College ($15,000), Cuyahoga Community College ($15,000) and Northwood University ($2,500).
The total amount of this year’s donation for educational assistance is $182,500, more than any other year.
“The donations to these fine post-secondary automotive technology programs will ensure that the next generation of automotive technicians are well equipped to handle the ever-increasing technological content on the vehicles of tomorrow,” said Vitantonio. “With the complex driver’s safety technologies that already exist, and the advent of autonomous driving technology over the next few years, aspiring automotive techs need more education and training than ever before.”
In addition to post-secondary education, many automotive technicians today are also involved in manufacturer’s training programs that can last two years or more. Automotive technicians are also involved in continuing education and training throughout their careers at GCADA member dealers.
About the GCADA
The Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers' Association (GCADA) has served the retail-automobile industry and community with integrity and distinction since 1915. Today, located in Brecksville, Ohio, GCADA represents over 250 franchised motor vehicle dealers, which include new-car, truck, motorcycle and RV dealers in a 21-county region of Northern Ohio along the Lake Erie shore and beyond. More information on the GCADA can be found at www.gcada.org. Contact us at 440-746-1500.
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