EVANSVILLE, IN – May 27, 2021 – Technician.Academy is excited to welcome Ivy Tech Community College Evansville as the newest sponsor for this year’s Respect is Learned© In The Pits contest.

“We are so excited to partner with Technician.Academy and be represented in this year’s NHRA U.S. Nationals. The opportunity this chance affords our students is invaluable – even if they do not win the competition,” said Ivy Tech Chancellor Daniela Vidal. “For our faculty and students to be able to see the team in the pits in action and view the race from the stands is a chance in a lifetime.”

The annual Respect is Learned© In The Pits contest gives college automotive students the chance to work hands-on in the pits with 3-time NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster World Championship Team, Randy Meyer Racing (RMR). Since 2017, six automotive students have joined RMR in Indianapolis at the NHRA U.S. Nationals where they gained real-world experience and valuable connections to the automotive racing industry. This year, two more students will be selected to win this internship opportunity.

“This opportunity wouldn’t be possible without sponsors like Ivy Tech and MotoRad,” said Technician.Academy Founder Shawn Collins. “Encouraging students to pursue automotive repair as a career and gain hands-on experience is so important in an industry that’s short on technicians and quality training. Respect is Learned© In The Pits is one of our ways of liberating the industry, and we’re excited to have Ivy Tech on board.”

Ivy Tech Community College Evansville and the Ivy Tech Foundation are proud to sponsor this initiative and help provide these students with once-in-a-lifetime learning experiences.

“There are thousands of open positions in Indiana in the automotive industry, and competitions like this, and programs like Ivy Tech’s Automotive Technology Program prepare students for successful futures and help fill open positions with skilled technicians in Indiana automotive shops,” said Chris Kaufman, program chair at Ivy Tech Evansville. “Ivy Tech offers short-term certificates in sequences of technical and professional courses that are industry-focused that build upon each other leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology,” he added.

Stay tuned for additional opportunities and updates from Technician.Academy and Ivy Tech Community College Evansville. To learn more about the Respect is Learned© In The Pits contest, visit www.Technician.Academy or contact the team at [email protected].

For additional information about Ivy Tech’s Automotive Technology Program go to IvyTech.Edu/evansville/automotive.



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Technician.Academy offers personalized online courses as well as blogs, how-to tips, and industry insights to automotive technicians. EXTEND GROUP, a solutions-based marketing agency in Evansville, IN, introduced Technician.Academy in 2016 to provide a single location for accurate training and content that is valuable to the automotive technician of today and tomorrow. For more information, please contact Technician.Academy and EXTEND GROUP at 855.306.8818 or by email: [email protected].