As a part of workforce development in the Chattanooga area, Volkswagen of Chattanooga, Chattanooga State and Hamilton County Department of Education have collaborated to create a two-year curriculum for high school students at the Volkswagen Academy. The program is designed for students to complete their final two years of high school while earning more than 40 credit hours toward an associate degree in Mechatronics.
Beginning in the fall of 2016, a cohort of 24 juniors from four area high schools (Central, East Hamilton, Ooltewah, and Tyner Academy) will enroll at the VWA annually. The target group is Hamilton County high school students that will benefit from a hands-on curriculum. The recruitment strategy was geared toward open access and diversity and is facilitated by the advisors at each high school helping to identify potential students. The program will offer an industry-focused technical track to Hamilton County high school students.