Program participants will earn as they learn to become Automotive Service Technicians
June 23, 2022 – Miami Dade College (MDC), in partnership with Warren Henry Auto Group, has announced an Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship Program that blends classroom instruction with paid on-the-job training. The apprenticeship offers free tuition, health insurance, books, and tools. The program is supported by CareerSource South Florida, Miami Dade County Beacon Council and Miami Community Ventures.
“Providing the opportunity to “earn as you learn” is among the many ways MDC is paving the way forward for members of our community,” said MDC Provost Dr. Malou C. Harrison. “We’re pleased to offer this unique program in collaboration with Warren Henry Auto Group and partners. We remain committed to growing the local workforce and helping individuals achieve economic mobility through this and many short-term training programs offered at the College.”
Sponsored by MDC’s Apprenticeship Program, the Warren Henry Apprenticeship Program combines classroom instruction and on-the-job training to prepare participants to become Automotive Service Technicians. Hands-on training will take place at Warren Henry North Miami and Cutler Bay service locations. Upon completion, apprentices will receive an Apprenticeship Certificate of Completion issued by the Florida Department of Education and have the option to work at one of Warren Henry’s dealership locations.
“The shortage of automotive service technicians is undeniable, but we want to be part of the solution,” said Warren Zinn, Chief Executive Officer at Warren Henry Auto Group. “That’s why we have come up with this incredible initiative that is also going to contribute to the growth and education of technicians in our community.”
“The automotive industry has experienced a technician shortage of over 40,000 for the past few years,” said Erik Day, Chief Financial Officer at Warren Henry Auto Group. “With the cooperation of Miami Dade College and partners we are creating an opportunity for growth and education in our community. Warren Henry is proud to bring another apprenticeship program to Miami and be part of the solution.”
“CareerSource South Florida is excited to once again partner with Miami Dade College to expand the number of registered apprenticeship programs offered here in south Florida,” said Rick Beasley, Executive Director of CareerSource South Florida. “Today we celebrate the launch of the Warren Henry program with brands such as Audi, INFINITI, and super brands like Koenigsegg and Bugatti. There is no other place in Miami that will give an apprentice the opportunity to learn on million-dollar vehicles.”
“As a Program Sponsor of Apprenticeships, we are so excited to collaborate with Warren Henry Auto Group and other community partners to bring this unique employment opportunity to our students and the community at large,” said Dr. Alexia Q. Rolle, Director of Career and Technical Education at MDC. “This program and the many other apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship programs the College offers are key to creating jobs, employing South Florida and fueling the economy.”
To apply for the next cohort and for more information, visit https://www.mdc.edu/apprenticeships/automotive-service-technician.aspx.
About Warren Henry Auto Group
Warren Henry Auto Group, founded in 1976, is one of the most longstanding automotive dealerships in Florida. Their reputation based on quality, community support, and appreciation towards their employees. Warren Henry Auto Group carries a variety of vehicle brands such as Jaguar, Land Rover, INFINITI, Audi, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Koenigsegg, Toyota, Ford, Lincoln, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM. Warren Henry Auto Group’s corporate office is now located at 2300 NE 151st Street in North Miami. For more information, call (305) 690-6006 or visit www.warrenhenryauto.com.
About Miami Community Ventures, a Beacon Council Foundation Initiative
Miami Community Ventures, a Beacon Council Foundation initiative, is a collective impact initiative that connects low-income, structurally unemployed individuals to living wage jobs and long-term career pathways. The Miami‐Dade Beacon Council is the official economic development organization for Miami‐Dade County. Its mission is to increase jobs and investment through marketing Miami as a world-class business destination, helping grow local companies, and shaping Miami-Dade’s economic future. The Beacon Council Foundation, Inc. is a Florida Not-for-Profit Corporation created exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to publish Miami‐Dade County Florida statistical data, lessen the burdens of government, and combat community deterioration. More information can be found at www.beaconcouncil.com.
About CareerSource South Florida
CareerSource South Florida is a public-private partnership that establishes state and federally funded workforce development and training policies for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. CareerSource South Florida provides high quality, customized employment and training solutions to workers and employers in support of economic development. Services are available to everyone at no cost through a network of centers located throughout the region. For more information on CareerSource South Florida, including valuable resources for businesses and job seekers, please visit www.careersourcesfl.com or call 305-594-7615.
About Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College is the most diverse institution in the nation. There are 167 nations and 63 languages represented in its student body. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree pathways including associate and baccalaureate degrees, career certificates and apprenticeships. Baccalaureate degree offerings include biological sciences, engineering, data analytics, information systems technology, education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film and others. MDC is the recipient of many top national awards including the Aspen Prize. As Democracy’s College, MDC changes lives through accessible, high quality-teaching and learning experiences. It is the home of the Miami Culinary Institute, the Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex, the Miami Fashion Institute, the Eig-Watson School of Aviation, The Idea Center, the Cybersecurity Center of the Americas, the Cloud Computing Center, the Center for Learning, Innovation and Simulation, the School for Advanced Studies, and the New World School of the Arts, to name a few of its most innovative programs. MDC has been named among the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” since the program’s inception. The College embraces its responsibility to serve as an economic, cultural, and civic leader for the advancement of our diverse global community. Its alumni and employees contribute more than $3 billion annually to the local economy, and MDC graduates occupy top leadership positions in every major industry. MDC is renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is the home of the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, the Tower Theater, Dyer Building, Koubek Center Mansion and Gardens, Live Arts Miami at MDC, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, the Museum of Art and Design, a sculpture park and a large campus art gallery and theater system. MDC has admitted more than 2,000,000 students and counting, since it opened its doors in 1960. More than 100,000 students are currently enrolled. For more information, visit www.mdc.edu.