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Car mechanic shortage leads Moore Tech to open school, graduate its first auto technicians

William R. Moore College of Technology has graduated its first class of automobile technicians.



a person posing for the camera: Chad Reynolds, 19, a student at Moore Tech's new automotive repair facility, built in a partnership with local auto dealerships who are seeing an impending shortage in labor for mechanic positions, as they celebrated their opening on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.


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Chad Reynolds, 19, a student at Moore Tech’s new automotive repair facility, built in a partnership with local auto dealerships who are seeing an impending shortage in labor for mechanic positions, as they celebrated their opening on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.

Greater Memphis Auto Dealers Association fundraisers helped launch the mechanic’s school last year in partnership with the private vocational college. Auto dealers raised more than $4 million to equip a closed Honda dealership on South Mendenhall for tech classes in an effort to address an acute shortage of car mechanics.

Graduating recently from the inaugural class were 11 technicians. According to Moore Tech, they are Antwan Caviness, John Galyen, Dustin Gutelius, Austin Moore, Cam Murphy, Marek Nowak, Orlando Parham, Chad Reynolds, Abe Sharp, Cam Spence and Brandon Thomas.

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This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: Car mechanic shortage leads Moore Tech to open school, graduate its first auto technicians

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