SCC automotive program receives 2015 Jeep Wrangler

2015 Jeep Wrangler
Posing with the Jeep are, front row from left: Nicholas McGowan, Performance Dodge of Lincoln; Koby Brennan, Performance Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram of Bellevue; Nathan Wahlen, Iverson Motors of Mitchell, S.D,; Shawn Mefferd, Woodhouse of Blair; and Ryan Whitmire, Performance CJDR of Bellevue. Back row, from left: Todd Zaracki, Performance Dodge of Lincoln; Mac McFarland, Woodhouse CJDR of Sioux City, Iowa; Noe Alvarado, Midway CJDR of Kearney; and Brandon Ciurej, Baxter CJDR of Omaha.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recently donated a 2015 Jeep Wrangler to the MOPAR-Chrysler/Dodge/Ram/Jeep College Automotive Program at Southeast Community College.

The program is located on SCC’s Milford Campus.

The new addition will be used in classes to help train skilled technicians.

The MOPAR CAP program provides a comprehensive curriculum to not only offer students a degree, but to truly create the factory-trained technicians that all service managers are searching for,” said James Campbell, owner of Laukemper Motors in Mound City, Mo., and a 2000 graduate of SCC’s program. “Upon completion of the program, CAP students are truly ready to be working in the field, having knowledge and experience in their chosen field. I have found no other formula to get even close to as good of a technician in such a short period of time. The MOPAR CAP program is truly a solid base for anyone wishing to enter the automotive service industry and can be a launching pad to further your career even past being a technician. Since graduating I have been able to run successful service departments in several high-quality dealerships.”

A statement from MCAP says, “Southeast Community College plays an important role in helping the auto industry develop and retain highly skilled automotive technicians.”

In 1984 Chrysler selected five community colleges and universities nationwide to work with, and the Chrysler Apprenticeship Program was introduced at those schools. As the students began to graduate and dealers became aware of CAP, dealer demand for additional CAP colleges became apparent, resulting in the launch of additional CAP colleges nationwide.

Last year the name was changed to Mopar Career Automotive Program.

Rick Morphew, chair of SCC’s program, said, “The alliance between FCA and the MCAP program of Southeast Community College works well for both organizations. The fact that FCA is generous enough to donate vehicles for our MCAP students to practice on is a tremendous advantage. Our MCAP students will be better trained to repair FCA cars in the FCA dealerships when they graduate and start their career.”

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For more information contact:
Stu Osterthun
Administrative Director of Public Information and Marketing
402-323-3401
sosterthun@southeast.edu