As a means to foster partnerships between businesses in the transportation industry and schools in their local communities, the ASE Education Foundation has introduced an Adopt-A-School program. This enables businesses to provide support to local schools while simultaneously providing those businesses with access to service professionals entering the work force.
“Schools need partners from the industry to provide advice and guidance, demonstrate career opportunities for their students, and help those students get the hands-on experience that will grow their skills and encourage them to stick with an automotive career," Mike Coley, ASE Education Foundation president, noted.
The ASE Education Foundation has created a landing page, which explains the Adopt-A-School concept and allows users to link to the free online toolkit which can help businesses launch and maintain partnerships with schools. The toolkit provides information about connecting with students, supporting a school’s training program and educators, and putting students to work in the industry while they are still in school. A downloadable brochure is also available to provide pertinent information and help employers recognize the value of these partnerships.