Subaru is launching Subaru-U in partnership with Respond Inc., a non-profit that advocates for the economic independence and the welfare of individuals and families. The program is designed to combine the talent and resources of Subaru of America, its 600+ retailers nationwide, as well as select NATEF/AYES accredited Secondary and Post-Secondary schools to provide knowledge of Subaru vehicles and systems to prepare students for possible future employment at Subaru retailers nationwide. Respond Inc. will incorporate Subaru web-based training into their automotive training program so that attendees can achieve their ASE and Subaru Maintenance Tech Certification. The launch was celebrated with a ribbon cutting at the new Respond Repair Shop in Camden, NJ (the headquarters for Subaru of America) on April 29, with Subaru donating new shop equipment.
Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc. said about the partnership, “While we’ve only recently broken ground on our future home in Camden, we feel a deep connection to the area and are excited to introduce our first Subaru University partnership, right here in our backyard. Subaru and Respond Inc. share the goal of improving the welfare and employability of the local community and we hope our partnership will lead to increased opportunities for students and potential job placement at local Subaru retailers.” Students will benefit from strategic 90-day rotating internships in both the new Respond Repair Shop and the Subaru of America Shop.
Wilbert Mitchell, Executive Director of Respond, Inc. said about the new partnership, “We are excited about this new partnership with Subaru University and the opportunities it will open up for Camden residents. We are also thankful for Subaru’s generosity in equipping our new auto repair shop, which will create jobs and provide a valuable service to the community.”