Family Focus: A lack of manpower is forcing a local industry to train its own workforce

By: Darcy Thomas

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Memphis, Tenn. - Memphis Auto Dealers has partnered with Moore College of Technology to build up a labor pool.

In this week's Family Focus Darcy Thomas explored how this program will eliminate a shortage of auto mechanics.        

At 20, Nate Cosbey knew early on college wasn't a part of his future plans.

He said, "Didn't really... you know... believe in going to a bunch of academics and just wasting my money on a university."

Cosbey said as a student at Moore Tech, he's learning how to build prosthetics. This vocational schools offers certificates in several areas including HVAC, electricity and soon students can learn about the auto industry.

Moore Tech President Skip Redmond said, "The facility that we're purchasing and retrofitting for our instruction is going to have at least the opportunity for 200 students in it."

Redmond said this school has partnered with every Memphis auto dealer to offer a school locally to train mechanics on the latest, high tech equipment. Instead of allowing students to go out of town to learn the same training.

Redmond said the only option to learn about auto mechanics is for students to leave Memphis, "They're located in Nashville, Dallas, St. Louis and Chicago, the cost of training a students, the tuition including room and board is well over $50,000."

So to cut cost, train highly qualified and certified mechanics, the program in Memphis will run about $22,000. The new facility will be located at 2785 S. Mendenhall on the former AutoNation’s property.


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"The students going through this program and are successful in completing the program will probably be hired in the area of $40 to $50,000 a year and have the ability of upwards of $100,000 a year," according to Redmond.

A Memphis program allowing someone to earn a livable wage and have a career for life.

With most of the programs at Moore Tech, there is a 100% chance students will be employed upon graduation.

For more information on when you can apply for the new auto mechanic program and the start dates you can log onto Http://www.Williamrmoore.Org/

Family Focus airs every Friday at 5pm on FOX13 News.

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