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Garage Gurus® Announces 2020 Automotive Technician Scholarship Winners

July 01, 2020

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Garage Gurus®, the first-of-its-kind national training platform from DRiV, today announced the 12 recipients of their Automotive Technical Scholarship Program.  Presented to students accepted or currently enrolled in accredited, U.S.-based automotive technical schools, colleges, universities, or full-time at a U.S. high school, each of the 12 recipients will receive $2,500 toward their automotive education.  Since its inception six years ago, Garage Gurus has committed $180,000 in tuition support to future automotive service professionals.

"Technician shortages remain an issue throughout the automotive aftermarket industry, and Garage Gurus has committed resources and programs toward helping alleviate this situation through training and the development of future technicians," said Dennis Sheran, director, channel engagement and Garage Gurus, DRiV.  "We are very pleased to be able to help out these students as they develop the skills necessary to be leaders of the new generation of repair specialists and technicians." 

Applicants were required to submit an application, two letters of recommendation from non-family members, and a typed essay or video indicating "Why I Want to Be a Top Technician."  Winners' application packages were reviewed and chosen by Garage Gurus' team of ASE Master-certified technicians and other team members.

Students who will receive Garage Gurus scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year are:

  • Austin Ainslie – Alfred State College, Alfred, N.Y.
  • Jose Barajas – Perry Technical Institute, Yakima, Wash.
  • Perla BedollaSalt Lake Community College, Sandy, Utah
  • William Burns – Morrisville State College, Morrisville, N.Y.
  • Alan Chrzanowski, Jr. – Alfred State College, Alfred, N.Y.
  • Daniel Bray CurrySouth Plains College, Lubbock, Texas
  • Jakub DonscheskiSoutheast Community College, Milford, Neb.
  • Andrew LongSoutheast Community College, Milford, Neb.
  • Madison LuscheSoutheast Community College, Milford, Neb.
  • Khoa Luc NguyenHennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie, Minn.
  • Logan WoodsUniversity of Northwestern Ohio, Lima, Ohio
  • Mateo Zapata – Atlantic Technical College, Coconut Creek, Fla.

Automotive service continues to be one of several skilled trades facing a shortage of incoming professionals needed to address business growth and worker retirement. To meet this continuing need throughout the industry, the Garage Gurus scholarship program was established in 2015 to serve as an investment in the future of local automotive service businesses and their employees, and specifically to the next generation of talented, highly-trained professionals who will help keep millions of vehicles in road-ready condition.   

Offering onsite, online and on-demand instruction, Garage Gurus is a first-of-its-kind national training platform designed to help front-line automotive service professionals keep pace with the latest vehicle technologies. State-of-the-art Garage Gurus technical education centers are operational in 12 U.S. markets – Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Houston; New Hyde Park, N.Y.; Rancho Dominguez, Calif.; South Florida; St. Louis; Suburban Detroit; and Van Nuys, Calif.

To learn more about Garage Gurus, it's training platforms, and more about the program, visit www.garagegurus.tech.

About Tenneco
Headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois, Tenneco is one of the world's leading designers, manufacturers and marketers of Aftermarket, Ride Performance, Clean Air and Powertrain products and technology solutions for diversified markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway, industrial and the aftermarket, with 2019 revenues of $17.45 billion and approximately 78,000 employees worldwide. On October 1, 2018, Tenneco completed the acquisition of Federal-Mogul, a leading global supplier to original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket. In the future, the company expects to separate its divisions to form two independent companies: DRiV, an Aftermarket and Ride Performance company, and a Powertrain Technology company consisting of the Powertrain and Clean Air business groups.

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CONTACT:                           

Karen Shulhan (DRiV) – 248.354.4383
karen.shulhan@driv.com

Bill Dawson (DRiV) – 847.482.5807
bdawson@driv.com

SOURCE DRiV