Volkswagen provided hands-on robotics and automotive learning opportunities to students from the Boys and Girls Club of Chattanooga through their newly developed Skills4All program. The Skills4All sessions, which were hosted at Volkswagen Academy over four Saturdays in October, provided 12 local juniors and seniors with experience in automotive technologies.
“By providing opportunities for the youth to learn about the skills, experiences and opportunities available to them, we help set them up for success in the future,” said Burkhard Ulrich, senior vice president of human resources at Volkswagen Chattanooga. “Our methodology focuses on teaching skills that enhance logic, critical thinking and problem-solving, while introducing students to robotics in a fun, engaging environment.”
The students, who were selected by the Boys and Girls Club, were divided into two groups to help ensure social distancing. The first group learned about robotics programming, troubleshooting, robotic motion and processes, hands-on technical skills, the use of personal protective equipment and the importance of safety. The second group studied automotive diagnostics and repairs, mechanical systems – such as brakes, fuel and electrical – hand tool operation, vehicle maintenance and safe work practices. Both groups learned about learned about the use of personal protective equipment, the importance of safety and teamwork.
At the program’s conclusion, Volkswagen held a small graduation event to award each student with a certificate of completion.
Volkswagen plans to host additional Skills4All sessions in the future.
“Volkswagen is providing our club members with an experience they could never have otherwise – an opportunity that can inspire their future careers,” said Jim Morgan, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Chattanooga. “The Skills4All program can change their lives and be a big step towards their true potential.”
Social distancing, temperature checks, health questionnaires, surgical masks and enhanced sanitation procedures were utilized throughout the program to help ensure the health and safety of Skills4All participants and leaders.