Berkeley County school officials and Stokes Honda North managers recently signed an Academy Partnership Agreement in which the Honda dealership became the district's newest Gold Partner.
Stokes Honda North will work with students in the Engineering, Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Academy at Stratford High School in Goose Creek, South Carolina. In its role as a Gold Partner, Stokes will donate more than $60,000 worth of in-kind services and/or funds for the first year and a minimum of $25,000 worth of funds and/or in-kind services for two more years.
“This partnership allows us the opportunity to help introduce the realities of becoming an automotive technician,” Stokes Honda North’s Parts and Service Director Cleve Mize said. “Whether this encourages the student to move forward to becoming a technician, or shows them what the job really does entail and enlightens the student to move on to another path.”
During the next year, Stratford High School and Berkeley County School District’s Career and Technical Education Department will open a “Quick Lube” training center on the school’s campus to train students for entry-level automotive service tasks.
“Stokes Honda’s commitment will take Stratford’s Automotive Program to a new level by creating workplace experiences for students that cannot be duplicated in the classroom,” Michael Bolton, head of the Automotive Technology Program at Stratford High, said. “They will bring positive additions to the program with speakers, training materials and employment opportunities that will keep the program current with today’s technology.”