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Carroll Shelby Automotive Technology Center Launched at Northeast Texas Community College; Center Seeking Program Chair
July 21, 2008
By aftermarketNews staff

DALLAS -- Carroll Shelby, chairman and founder of Carroll Shelby International, and Northeast Texas Community College (NTCC) have created the new Carroll Shelby Automotive Technology Center. The program will include a state-of-the-art facility and instruction in automotive and body repair.

The Carroll Shelby Automotive Technology Program is expected to enroll the first class this fall. This intensive, hands-on program is designed to train technicians to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation.

“I want to help young people improve their lives through the industry that has been so good to me,” said Shelby. “By giving them valuable new skills, they can be proud, productive members of society.”

The program will be housed in a new automotive facility that features a climate controlled shop space, lifts, paint booth, three classrooms with roll-up doors to bring in cars, office and shower/changing rooms. The curriculum will include real-life experience, as students will build an automobile during their last semester. The goal is for these cars to be autographed by Shelby and sold. Proceeds of the sale will be used to help sustain the program.

The college is actively seeking a program Chair. That individual will be charged with building on the current programs, which include the AAS degree in Automotive Repair, an Auto Body Repair program offering a one-year certificate or a two-year AAS degree and a Diesel program offering three certificates and a two-year AAS degree.

“This gift is truly a unique opportunity for NTCC,” said Dr. Herbert Riedel, NTCC vice president for instruction and student development. “The partnership with Mr. Shelby will allow us to build a world-class automotive program in Northeast Texas. It will be invaluable to our college, our region and most importantly, to our students.”

In addition to the credited program, the partnership will also include various continuing education opportunities for community members. Other future projects could also include the creation of a Shelby Automobiles modification center and a test track on the NTCC campus.

Shelby and his companies will contribute a minimum of $525,000 to the project. These funds will be designated for student scholarships and support of the program. Other sponsors are expected to join the program.

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