ALFRED, N.Y. (Oct. 4, 2005) — Tenneco Automotive's Monroe and Walker brands are partnering with several automotive vocational education programs to advance technical training.
The new Tenneco DRIVE program, unveiled at Alfred State College in Alfred, is described by Tenneco as an interactive training partnership featuring “cutting-edge technical materials and Web-based communication.” The company said it was developed to help enhance the preparation of the next generation of undercar technicians, and is expected to reach nearly 1,000 students in its first year.
Citing the continuing decline in the number of ASE-certified automotive technicians, Richard Alameddine, vice president of marketing, North American Aftermarket, for Tenneco, said: “It's no secret that it is increasingly difficult for automotive education programs to attract and retain students. Automotive service can be a promising and rewarding career for thousands of young people with the skills and drive to take charge of their future.
“The Tenneco DRIVE program communicates this message while providing students with a wide range of new learning tools.”
Among materials provided by the program are a comprehensive instructor's kit containing disassembled ride control product samples, exhaust product cutaways, training posters and instructional videos. Tenneco said students can enroll in the program individually through in-classroom demonstrations and online interaction with Monroe and Walker engineering and marketing teams.
Tenneco, based in Lake Forest, Ill., makes and markets ride control and exhaust systems and products sold under the Monroe and Walker brands.