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Pohanka Automotive Training Center becomes a State Certified Apprenticeship Program

Pohanka of Salisbury in Salisbury, Maryland opened their newest venture, the Pohanka Automotive Training Center, in August of 2022. The school is a great addition to the Delmarva Peninsula and gives a unique opportunity for people of any age to begin or restart an exciting new career. The Automotive Training Center is the first of its kind in Maryland as it is free to enroll. As long as requirements are met the cost of training is covered, tools are provided and the student is guaranteed employment after graduation. 

As of January 2023, the Pohanka Automotive Training Center has officially been recognized by the state of Maryland as an Apprenticeship and Youth Apprenticeship Program. Registered apprenticeships are jobs where workers “earn and learn.” While working on the job, employees receive one-on-one full-time training from a skilled craftsperson as well as related classroom instruction. An apprentice is sponsored by an employer or association and is paid according to a progressive pay scale. As a youth apprenticeship, students in their junior and senior years of high school are able to finish their schooling and earn up to four credits at the Pohanka Training Center.

While learning, both in the classroom and hands-on, at the Pohanka Automotive Training Center, students are placed part-time in one of Pohanka’s 10 service departments under an experienced mentor. The Training Center accepts students of all ages with a minimum age of 16. Whether you just graduated high school or are looking to change paths later in life, the Pohanka Automotive Training Center can offer you a fresh start on a rewarding new career.

For more information visit PohankaAcademy.com

Pohanka Brought the Christmas Spirit to the Salisbury Parade

On Sunday, December 3rd the City of Salisbury held its 76th annual Christmas Parade. The Salisbury parade is put on every year by the Salisbury Jaycees Foundation. The Salisbury Jaycees Foundation is the nonprofit affiliate organization of the Salisbury Jaycees and coordinates the fundraising for causes that benefit the lives and opportunities of the youth of Salisbury and the surrounding area. All sponsorships from the parade are used to support the efforts of the Jaycees Foundation throughout the year for the community. The parade is a great opportunity every year for local businesses, non-profits, and groups to spread holiday cheer to the community!   

Pohanka CDJR of Salisbury was proud to be both a sponsor and a part of the Christmas parade this year. Pohanka Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Salisbury is the newest brand to be added to the family of Pohanka dealerships along North Salisbury Boulevard and they made their name known to the community of Salisbury! 

With a RAM truck decked out in Christmas decorations and a familiar face, The Grinch, on the side, the staff of Pohanka CDJR greeted hundreds of Salisbury residents during the parade. Not only was it a great way to support charitable efforts by a wonderful group in the Salisbury area, but it was also a perfect opportunity to interact with our community, hand out candy canes, and spread Christmas Cheer! Be sure to visit the latest Pohanka location, Pohanka CDJR of Salisbury, at 1915 N. Salisbury Boulevard!

Pohanka of Salisbury opens Pohanka Automotive Training Center in Salisbury, MD

In August 2022, Pohanka of Salisbury opened its newest venture with the Pohanka Automotive Training Center located in Salisbury, MD. Led by Master Technician David White, the training center allows anyone in Delmarva, seventeen and older, to begin or transition into a career as an automotive technician, free of charge. Pohanka provides students with a complete toolset and guarantees them a full-time job at the end of the 2-year training program. As long as students fulfill the course requirements they will graduate as a Certified  Automotive Technician, free of debt, with a full set of tools! 

David White has worked for the past 35 years as a teacher at Parkside High School, teaching Automotive Technology for their CTE program. He also taught Automotive Courses for Wor-Wic Community College and served as a trainer/consultant for current technicians at Pohanka of Salisbury. He is excited to join Pohanka as the full-time instructor and head of the all-new Pohanka Automotive Training Center. 

On Thursday, September 8th, from 5 pm-7 pm, the Pohanka Automotive Training Center will be hosting a business after-hours event for the public. There you can tour the new facility, meet with Instructor David White to learn more about this unique program and hear from the students of the inaugural class. There will be lite fare from Green Hill Country Club provided and chances to win door prizes.

To register for the business after-hours event visit: http://www.chamberdata.net/webforms/EvtListing.aspx?dbid2=mdsal&evtid=364517&class=E


To learn more about the Pohanka Automotive Training Center visit: https://pohankaacademy.com/

Community Raises Over $50,000 for Family Struck by Tragedy

On June 12th, the Delmarva community suffered an extreme loss when Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard was shot and killed while pursuing a suspect in Pittsville. Hilliard was a 16-year veteran law enforcement officer with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Office said Hilliard “was a son, a husband and a father to three beautiful children, a brother to those he worked with, and an exemplary public servant to the citizens of Wicomico County and to the State of Maryland.” Sheriff Mike Lewis posthumously promoted Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard to corporal and awarded him the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office Medal of Valor

In his honor, the Glenn Hilliard Memorial fund was set up to support his children and widow. In the wake of the tragedy, a fundraiser event was planned by AJ Angello, county council candidate, Mitchell’s Martial Arts, and Pohanka of Salisbury. Raffle tickets were sold to win a Toyota Tacoma, donated by Pohanka of Salisbury. The drawing took place on Friday, July 16th at Pohanka Toyota of Salisbury with Hilliard’s wife, county government officials, and members of the community present.

While one lucky winner received a brand new truck, the astounding part was the community support for the Hilliard Family. The event raised a staggering $51,000 dollars, with all proceeds donated directly to the Hilliard Family. Although a member of our police lost his life, it was inspiring to see how a community could rally around a family to help them in their time of need.

Pohanka of Salisbury Sponsors Mardela Fire Company’s Annual Extrication Day

On Saturday, April, 9th, Mardela Springs Volunteer Fire Company held their annual vehicle extrication training day. Each year Mardela Springs invites all surrounding fire companies of Delmarva to participate in this instruction and training to better prepare all first responders.

In the event of a severe motor accident, firefighters use hydraulic tools, often known as the jaws of life, to free trapped passengers from the vehicles. Annual training days are used to simulate collisions to give the rescuers first-hand experience with these life-saving tools. It is also an important team-building day since the surrounding companies often respond to assist with vehicle accidents. Fire Fighters from Sharptown, Hebron, Vienna, Delmar, Pocomoke, and Mardela Fire Companies were invited to participate in this event.

This year, Pohanka of Salisbury graciously donated the training cars for the extraction drills. Five cars were delivered to be flipped, rolled, and torn to pieces in the name of training. Pohanka then took care of removing the vehicle pieces after the training. Without the transportation, a fire company would be out of service for trips to the junk yard, making it a critical step.

The generous donation from Pohanka of Salisbury of their time and vehicles is vital to the success of the training day. It also ensures that firefighters all over the Delmarva peninsula are fully prepared to respond to vehicle emergencies.