EVANSVILLE, IN – September 26, 2018 – Technician.Academy is celebrating two years of delivering automotive training to the technicians of today and tomorrow. The award-winning organization has grown substantially in its two years, having developed from a concept to a respected leader the industry is now following.
“Technician.Academy has reached hundreds of students and offers a large platform of free resources for the automotive technicians of both today and tomorrow,” says Shawn Collins, CEO Technician.Academy. “There is so much potential and so much more we plan on doing to continue making an impact on the future of the automotive industry.”
The Technician.Academy team has reached over 450 students at a dozen institutions, curated hundreds of blogs and tech tips, published 43 educational podcasts with over 4,600 downloads, distributed newsletters every month to 700 subscribers, and has added a number of additional resources for students, including its job and scholarship boards.
“Technician.Academy being part of our resource gives us a greater outsource of skills for our students,” said IVY Tech Instructor Tim Roberts.
“The training was right on for my students,” says Bob Gunn, Program Coordinator/Associate Professor Automotive Technology at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. “They had all used a scope for ignition and basic sensor tracking, but the training that Technician.Academy provided allowed all students to practice hands-on instruction with their own scope. The student must have his individual moment when it all comes together and then they fully understand the concept. Technician.Academy provided them with that moment.”
On top of the training courses and insurmountable resources that the Technician.Academy team has produced, the organization also launched its Respect is Learned© campaign. The campaign includes the Respect is Learned© In The Pits contest that gives a winning student the opportunity to work alongside Randy Meyer Racing, a Top Alcohol drag team, at the largest drag racing event in the world. The team recently wrapped up its second Respect is Learned© In The Pits contest. Due to the campaign and contest successes as well as the opportunity’s allure to all parties involved, Randy Meyer Racing and Technician.Academy announced the addition of a second Respect is Learned© In The Pits winner for 2019.
“The second In The Pits experience this year at the U.S. Nationals with Technician.Academy went better than we expected,” said Megan Meyer of Randy Meyer Racing. “Shawn and the group made sure every detail was covered and that the winner’s transition into working on a Nitro-Injected Dragster was smooth and welcoming. We were very happy with the number and quality of applications we received for the contest. This year’s winner was the right fit for our team, and we greatly appreciate the opportunity from Technician.Academy and MotoRad [2018 In The Pits sponsor] to have the chance to meet someone new and bring them into the drag racing world.”
Technician.Academy won six Women In Auto Care awards in 2016 and 2017 for its podcast, website, social media platforms, Car Care Clinics, and Respect is Learned© logo. “It’s a great honor for our Technician.Academy team to be recognized two years in a row by this group of highly respected industry thought leaders,” said Collins. “This recognition demonstrates the “Compete and Win” mindset that our team shows up with to every industry commitment that we make.”
The team has attended several industry events, including PRI, SEMA, and AAPEX, and presented at Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo. Technician.Academy was also selected as the keynote speaker for the Illinois College Automotive Instructors Association (ICAIA) Conference in 2018 and conducted two training sessions during the event. CEO Shawn Collins recently attended Automechanika Atlanta and was honored with a spot on the discussion panel at their Career Connection Conference for high school students. The team has also been a part of the Evansville Ivy Tech Skills Competition the past two years, participating in the panel of judges and educating the high school students who attended the event.
The past two years have been bright for Technician.Academy, but the team is most excited about the future of the organization. Many additional resources and opportunities are lining up for the team and the broad automotive audience it reaches. Technician.Academy is designing a Respect is Learned© Middle School Program to contribute even more to the future of the automotive industry, and a physical facility for Technician.Academy is being envisioned. Enhanced job resources, additional training options, and website improvements, among other things, are also on track for the coming year.
To help support any of the existing or forthcoming Technician.Academy initiatives, contact the team today at [email protected] or call 812-760-1811. Visit www.Technician.Academy to learn more. Technician.Academy is excited for others to join their mission of providing automotive training fueled by passion, delivered by experts, to those who keep the automotive industry moving forward.
Technician.Academy offers personalized online courses as well as blogs, how-to tips, and industry insights to automotive technicians. EXTEND PERFORMANCE, a solutions-based automotive 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 PERFORMANCE at 855.306.8818 or by email at [email protected].