The Volkswagen Academy is an innovative training center preparing employees for work at the new Chattanooga plant. High-tech classrooms also feature all the aspects of the manufacturing facility on a smaller scale to allow for hands-on training, including a machining area, welding area, electricity lab, autotronics center, automotive diagnostics area, and more. The Academy provides advanced vocational programs and promotes personal growth for workers and for those seeking employment. This dual educational track is designed to help workers prepare mentally and physically, so that when they enter the plant they are experts in their field. Partners in the project include: the State of Tennessee, Chattanooga State Community College, Tennessee Technology Center, Tennessee Technological University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The 163,000-square-foot center also offers meeting facilities open to the community.