Crown Automotive Group Partners with Northeast High School Automotive Academy

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Crown Automotive Group has partnered with Northeast High School’s Automotive Academy to offer students a unique, in-depth and real-world look at dealership service departments in action. Students will have the opportunity to observe and learn from seasoned automotive professionals on-site at the Crown Collision Center and Crown Honda on March 11, 12, 14 and 15.

Crown Automotive Group has partnered with Northeast High School’s Automotive Academy to offer students a unique, in-depth and real-world look at dealership service departments in action. Students will have the opportunity to observe and learn from seasoned automotive professionals on-site at the Crown Collision Center and Crown Honda on March 11, 12, 14 and 15. Members of the media are welcome to attend these interactive learning experiences.

All sessions will take place between 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM. Crown Collision Center service director Mike Elliot will host students on Monday, March 11 and Tuesday, March 12 at the collision center located at 5237 34th Street North in St. Petersburg, behind Crown Hyundai. On Thursday, March 14 and Friday, March 15, John Schnepp, service director for Crown's Pinellas County operations, will host students at the Crown Honda service department located at 7671 U.S. Highway 19 North in Pinellas Park.

Schedule of Events:
Crown Collision Center- Map
Monday, March 11 and Tuesday, March 12
12:15 PM to 1:30 PM
Crown Honda- Map
Thursday, March 14 and Friday, March 15
12:15 PM to 1:30 PM

"We are excited that Crown Automotive Group is helping us offer our students this hands-on experience at working service centers," stated Kevin Hendrick, principal of Northeast High School. "In addition to classroom learning, real-world professional experiences make students better prepared for the job market and success; it's an incredibly valuable learning opportunity. Our instructors and our students are all looking forward to the sessions with Crown."

Schnepp also commented, “This is an excellent opportunity to highlight some of the available career paths for graduating high school students looking to enter the automotive service industry. We look forward to offering these students the chance to experience an up-close and personal interaction with fully operational dealership service and collision centers. The industry can offer young people a bright future, with numerous opportunities for career development. Crown Automotive Group is honored to be hosting these sessions and we look forward to an ongoing partnership with Northeast High School as students continue join the Automotive Academy.”

Northeast High School boasts one of the most vibrant automotive technical and auto collision programs in the Pinellas County school system. The program is currently a “Center of Excellence” for these programs, a designation requiring stringent standards for both facility and performance. Further, the Automotive Academy has received certification by The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

After completing the ninth-grade orientation courses, students continue their study in a career cluster of their choice. Required courses such as English, math and science are taught using an integrated approach that weaves automotive themes throughout the curriculum. Advanced education includes cooperative experiences such as on–the-job training.

Assistant principal Greg Zornes stated, “Northeast High School is very excited to enter into a partnership with Crown. Our automotive students are interested in pursuing a career in the automotive industry, and there is no better way to get their feet wet than to spend time with professionals on-site, and learn firsthand the industry expectations of prospective employees. We are very grateful to Crown for this opportunity.”

About Crown Automotive Group:
Crown Automotive Group has been in business for over 40 years and currently operates 35 domestic and international automotive franchises in Florida, Ohio and Tennessee, with over 750 employees. The group maintains a laser focus on customer and employee satisfaction, and that philosophy permeates all dealership operations. When it comes time to shop for a new vehicle, parts or service, there's a Better Way to do it. With Crown's everyday low prices and financing, you can shop and be confident that you're getting a great deal. And, with over 100 acres of new and used vehicles, you'll be sure to find exactly what you want. No matter what you're looking for, Crown hopes to find a way to provide it for you. That's why we truly feel we're The Better Way to Buy.

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