Partners in Education — Washington, D.C and Virginia
Fairfax County Public Schools
The multi-year and multifaceted partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools establishes an advanced automotive technologies program that benefits more than 1,200 students. The program trains next generation's highly educated, environmentally conscious engineers and mechanics, and builds a skilled homegrown local workforce. In June 2009, Volkswagen Group of America donated 13 vehicles worth a total of nearly $500,000 to Fairfax County Public Schools. The partnership also includes train-the-trainer opportunities and hosted seminars, where Volkswagen Group of America's specialists share their knowledge with Fairfax County Public School students and instructors.
Northern Virginia Community College
The partnership with Northern Virginia Community College creates a statewide automotive program designed to improve training throughout Virginia. In 2009, the company donated and delivered training vehicles to Northern Virginia Community College's Alexandria and Manassas campuses, the Governor's Career and Technical Academy in Arlington, and the C.S. Monroe Technology Center in Loudoun County. Northern Virginia Community College partners with the academy to provide students with trade skills and the opportunity to earn college credit. The program introduces hundreds of students to new Volkswagen and Audi vehicles, specialty tools and repair practices.
The Excel Institute
At The Excel Institute, Volkswagen Group of America donates funds and vehicles for life skills and technical training, helping to train students for high-demand, high-paying jobs in the automotive service industry. The partnership supports Excel's most significant expenses, related to life and employability skills such as computer literacy and one-on-one academic tutoring. Volkswagen and Audi technicians also train the Excel Institute automotive technology teachers about new technologies, maintenance, and repair. Volkswagen Group of America and The Excel Institute are developing reciprocal shadowing and hosted seminar opportunities for employees and students to visit job sites.
George Mason University
Volkswagen Group of America funds scholarships for distinguished Scholars at the George Mason University's Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering. The scholars receive full coverage of tuition, fees, and room and board, as well as laptop computers for four years. Volkswagen Group of America scholars represent the company and the school at corporate events, recruitment fairs, and on-campus events. They also receive an internship with the company.
University of Virginia
At the University of Virginia, Volkswagen Group of America supports the elite Rodman Scholars International Program for undergraduate engineering students. The program exposes distinguished students to challenges, opportunities, and benefits of international study and experience. Volkswagen Group of America and University of Virginia is also a partnership program that supports a fellowship for graduate engineers.
At Virginia Tech, the company funds a five-year program focused on environmentally responsible technology, manufacturing, and engineering. This program concentrates on cutting-edge research, offering students the opportunity to provide technical support for Volkswagen's Jetta TDI race series. Through faculty development and innovation grants, Volkswagen Group of America pursues major research initiatives, funds graduate research assistants, and covers partial costs of special research materials.