GCC and Subaru of New England Announce Subaru-U for GCC’s Automotive Technology Program

Monday, November 13, 2017

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, Subaru of New England and Gateway Community College (GCC) signed a formal agreement to establish a Subaru University (Subaru-U) program. The signing took place at GCC’s North Haven campus, 88 Bassett Road, home of the college’s well-established, respected Automotive Technology program.

GCC’s president, Dr. Paul Broadie II, and George Panagiotou, Subaru of New England’s Technical Training Operations manager, represented their respective organizations at the event, as did Professor Dan Fuller, chair of GCC’s Automotive Technology Department.

Subaru-U provides students with the skills and experience required of all Subaru technicians, better preparing them for employment upon certificate or associate degree completion.

Dr. Broadie sees the GCC-Subaru University partnership as a “win-win-win” for the institution and its students, Subaru of New England and its retailers, and the entire Greater New Haven business community. “At Gateway, our number one priority is our students,” he says. “We believe we best serve them by providing exceptional instruction, programs and services.”

“Over my past 39 years working with the Subaru brand, the need for technicians has never been higher,” according to John Gebhardt, vice president of Fixed Operations, Subaru of New England. “In order for the New England Subaru retailers to provide the outstanding service experience our brand has come to represent, we must establish a ‘pipeline’ of qualified, experienced technicians. Subaru-U will definitely be that pipeline.”

Subaru of New England sought out GCC because of its outstanding reputation for developing career-ready entry level technicians, notes Panagiotou. “Automotive technology isn’t just a job, it’s a career, and the Gateway program does a great job of preparing its automotive students for that career," he notes. "Having a Subaru-U at GCC will ensure topnotch, hands-on experience with our vehicles and technology.”

The Subaru of New England partnership will provide added strength to GCC’s outstanding automotive curriculum, notes Fuller. “These partnerships between education and industry provide skilled workers for Connecticut businesses, while also ensuring well-paid high-tech jobs for our students.”

The workforce is changing, Broadie also notes, and careers of the future will be more focused on STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “Seeking creative partnerships and collaborations, like this one with Subaru of New England, ensures our students will be well prepared to fill tomorrow’s workforce needs.”