Texas Ford dealers have joined forces with the U.S. Army on a two-pronged mission: to counter the dire shortage of trained auto technicians while helping soldiers land on their feet as they transition to civilian life.
Ford's Technicians of Tomorrow accelerated career skills program launched in fall 2020 in conjunction with Fort Hood in the city of Killeen. It features more than 500 hours of classroom training, and hands-on work at the shop laboratory and at a sponsoring dealership.
The bulk of the 16-week program is taught at Central Texas College, a community college in Killeen, but students spend the third week of each month at dealership service departments shadowing top technicians and working on customer vehicles. Dealers cover the student's lodging expenses but keep any income they generate.