Launched in September 2008, our Partners in Education program was designed to support students and teachers interested in advanced automotive technology and next generation automotive engineering. We began with a five-year, $2.1 million Partners in Education initiative to create a comprehensive education partnership with schools and technical institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C., area. In March 2009, the Volkswagen Group of America announced a $5.28 million expansion of the Partners in Education program in Tennessee, the new home of its manufacturing operations in the U.S.
In the greater Washington, D.C., area and the Commonwealth of Virginia, Volkswagen Group of America’s Partners in Education program focuses on creating a comprehensive education initiative for high schools, universities, technical schools, and community colleges. The initiative positively impacts educational experience of students at Fairfax County Public Schools, Northern Virginia Community College, The Excel Institute, George Mason University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Looking after the interests of the region where our manufacturing will soon exist, we took our best practices of the Partners in Education program to Tennessee. With this expansion, the partnerships with primary and secondary schools, universities, and a leading national laboratory positively impact students throughout their educational experience and throughout the state. We now proudly support students and teachers at Chattanooga State Community College, Fisk University, Hamilton County Public Schools, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee State University, University of Memphis, University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, and University of Tennessee – Knoxville.