To help meet the need for auto technicians in the growing electric vehicle industry, the U.S. Department of Labor has announced a national partnership with Mercedes-Benz USA to train Job Corps students initially at centers in Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Utah for automotive industry careers. Job Corps will offer students opportunities to study high-voltage and electric vehicles, and training opportunities with high-voltage vehicles at the following campuses: Earle C. Clements Job Corps in Morganfield, Kentucky; Westover Job Corps in Chicopee, Massachusetts; Edison Job Corps in Edison, New Jersey; and Clearfield Job Corps in Clearfield, Utah.
The agreement will allow Mercedes-Benz USA to develop the curriculum, train Job Corps instructors to deliver it, provide technical support and donate materials, tools and equipment needed to educate the students.
The public-private partnership is designed to create pathways for students from 16 to 24 years of age toward jobs as auto technicians, including potential employment with Mercedes-Benz.
The Job Corps network currently has 121 centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.