ASE Education Foundation gets $20,000 from CDK Global

Logos of the ASE Education Foundation and CDK Global

CDK Global gave $20,000 to the ASE Education Foundation Tuesday. The donation aims to increase diversity in the automotive service industry and expand outreach to younger students. 

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The foundation works with more than 2,300 high schools and colleges and 5,000 instructors nationwide to promote training program standards, entry-level credentials and work-based learning. CDK Global's donation will be used to promote automotive career opportunities to underrepresented groups and students at the elementary and middle school levels. 

"Our efforts positively impact the education of well over 100,000 students each year. Thanks to the generosity of CDK Global, we will be able to enhance our programs in the coming year," says Mike Coley, ASE Education Foundation president. "While we continue to promote automotive career opportunities to high school students, recent research underscores the need to expand our outreach to additional audiences, students in younger grades and their influencers, including parents, relatives, teachers and guidance counselors." 

New initiatives planned for this year include the development and implementation of grade-appropriate lessons and projects that teachers can use to supplement math and science curriculums. These programs will demonstrate some basic and not-so-basic concepts found in automotive technology and would include information about various career opportunities, emphasizing the fact that they are open to everyone. 

Other activities will target groups such as Boys and Girls Clubs, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. These hands-on projects will education and inspire young people to continue to explore automotive careers. 

"We value our partnership with the ASE Education Foundation in its continued efforts to expand the talent pipeline of automotive service technicians through mentorship and hands-on learning programs," says Brian McDonald, president and CEO of CDK Global. "The new outreach initiatives will provide valuable opportunities to young students and increase diversity in the upcoming workforce." 

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