RCGC students graduate from automotive tech program

Press release from Rowan College at Gloucester County.

Pictured (left to right) are first generation college students: Devin Berry of Glendora; Jonathan Smith of West Deptford; Michael Callahan of Toms River; Amanda Mutarelli of Glassboro; Ethan Sheppard of Pine Hill; Brian Jackson of Mullica Hill; Robert Quaile of Sewell; Joseph DiPalma of Vineland; Leslie “LJ” Watson of Millville; and Brandon Sparks of Franklinville (Rowan College at Gloucester County/Special to The Sun).

Graduates of Rowan College at Gloucester County’s 28th Automotive Technology class celebrated during the college’s 50th commencement ceremony on May 16, ready to begin their next journey as Ford automotive technicians.

Ten of the program’s 18 graduates are first-generation college students, and all of the graduating class have secured employment at Ford dealerships in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The Automotive Technology program is a cooperative agreement between RCGC, the Gloucester County Institute of Technology and Ford Motor Company. The associate in applied science degree is a full-time, two-year program composed of five 20-week semesters. Alternating 10-week sessions of classroom/laboratory instruction and internship at a local Ford or Lincoln/Mercury dealership provides theory and practice, in addition to hands-on experience, that qualify graduates for gainful employment as service technicians.

For more information about the College’s Automotive Technology program, visit RCGC.edu/Business/AutoTech orgloucesterasset.com.