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.
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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.
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To learn more about the Pohanka Automotive Training Center visit: https://pohankaacademy.com/
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.
Pohanka of Salisbury recently teamed up with one of our loyal community partners, Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore, for the third annual JA Inspire Experience. The event took place on Tuesday, March 28th, and Wednesday, March 29th at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury, MD.
Pohanka of Salisbury is proud to be a sponsor of this event each year because they believe in empowering the next generation. It was an exciting time for thousands of eighth-graders from Delmarva to get their first hands-on experience changing a tire, getting under the hood of a car, or building an electric circuit. Pohanka hopes to spark that excitement in these teens to motivate them to explore what interests them for a career in their future.
According to students from Mardela and Bennett schools:
“I would never have thought I’d be interested in that [being an electrician] and it seems like it would be really fun to learn more about”
“I like how we actually got to do things that we would do on each job and we could talk to the actual people [from the business].”
Pohanka of Salisbury was happy to partner with Parkside CTE and instructor Mr. Dave White to give these students more information on the next steps available to them. Career and Technical Education is an opportunity that many students have not yet considered but could open a door to their future careers. Thanks to volunteers from Mr. White’s current classes, these students we able to speak with teens that were in their shoes a few short years ago.
Junior Achievement is a powerful coalition of educators and industry leaders designed to present eighth-grade students with a jumpstart into their future career endeavors. Not all students are lucky enough to have access to a positive career mentor in their home life. It is Junior Achievement’s mission to lead these students down the path to success, out of generational poverty, and to help young people succeed. Junior Achievement’s financial literacy lessons and career readiness planning positively impact the lives of young people all over the country.