Partners in Education

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.

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Patricia Holloway January 2, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Wanting to start Grad School maybe, UTC Chattanooga, what programs are available to start a career with VW? I am interested in Leadership Training & Development, Logistics, & International Business, could my concentration be focused on VW. Is that possible? Is there a internship?
I applied and was interviewed by VW for an Onboard Specialist. My interview went well, but I was nervious about my powerpoint presentation even though I present all the time. The powerpoint ended up on paper due to issues at the site and although I am very good at winging it, I let it upset me, because the position meant so much to me and my family. I really needed the job. I still have a job but only 30 hours a week and low pay, but I am greatful for it. If anyone could give me some info especially concerning an internship, I would appreiate it.

Thank You,
Patricia Holloway


Jim De Santis March 1, 2011 at 1:33 pm

We would like to write or call the appropriate person at Volkswagen of America to determine the company’s interest in a very important educational endeavor involving 30,000 school children in the District of Columbia. Whom should we contact?


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