Automotive scholarships & Apprenticeships
Two Paths to Help the Next Generation Enter the Collector Car Industry
The Piston Foundation offers young folks a means of receiving skilled trade education through its scholarship and apprenticeship programs. Both programs are designed to facilitate learning opportunities and create a new generation of expert car restoration specialists. If you are a student planning to attend a skilled trade school, explore the details surrounding a Piston Fund Scholarship. If you are already working as a technician or looking to gain new skills in the art of car restoration, then consider applying for apprenticeship placement through the Piston Academy.
Skilled Trade Education Scholarships
The Piston Fund
The Piston Fund helps students take their first steps towards a skilled trade career. If you are attending, accepted, or enrolled in a 2- or 4-year automotive technology program and have a strong interest in working with collector cars, a Piston Fund scholarship can help make school more affordable.
Vehicle Restoration Apprenticeships
The Piston Academy
The Piston Academy helps qualified technicians and re-skilling workers learn the skills and craft of collector car restoration and service by apprenticing with today’s master craftspeople. The Academy provides apprenticeship placements at leading restoration shops, a hands-on learning plan, mentoring, and a training grant.
The collector car industry has rewarding, high-paying jobs that are and alternative to 4-year college degrees. The problem is that potential workers don’t know these opportunities exist. And if they do, the high cost of education and the lack of on-the-job training stop young people from pursuing these careers.
We need to help them. Because who will work on a collector car in 5 years, 10 years, or 20? It’s a good question. The lack of qualified mechanics and restoration specialists, meager grassroots funding, and minimal career awareness, means the collector car industry may not survive. Together, we can change that and in the process, align people with amazing careers.
From the Piston Blog
How a Passion for Collector Cars Shapes a Career
Marissa Simos talks about how her passion for collector cars has shaped her career goals and her thoughts on the educational opportunities for those who want to join her in the field.
Where Do Today’s Automotive Students Come From?
Dan Fuller talks about the kids he teaches at Gateway Community College and how he’s preparing them for success in the automotive repair industry.
The Piston Academy: A Primer
Kent Bain talks about his involvement with the Piston Foundation and the details surrounding the Piston Academy.
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