Experience At Home

We’re proud to be At Home in America and hiring some of the sharpest minds in the country. Volkswagen Group of America Graduate Analysts are recent college graduates who rotate to different departments and locations around the country. Check out their blog to get the inside scoop on everyday life at Volkswagen Group of America.

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 [...]

Hard at Work in America

When we opened our first location in the United States in 1955, we offered just one model — the enduring cultural icon affectionately known as the Beetle. While the fun-loving Beetle and the “Bus” were capturing American hearts, Audi was quickening pulses with quality, performance and technological innovation. Audi joined the Volkswagen Group in 1965. And [...]

Fairfax County Public Schools

Volkswagen Group of America’s multi-year and multifaceted partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools establishes an advanced automotive technologies program that benefits more than 1,200 students. The program trains the next generation’s highly educated, environmentally conscious engineers and mechanics, and builds a skilled homegrown local workforce. In June 2009, Volkswagen Group of America donated 13 vehicles worth a total of nearly $500,000 to Fairfax County Public Schools. The partnership also includes train-the-trainer opportunities and hosted seminars, where Volkswagen Group of America’s specialists share their knowledge with Fairfax County Public School students and instructors.

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The Excel Institute

At The Excel Institute, Volkswagen Group of America donates funds and vehicles for life skills and technical training, helping to train students for high-demand, high-paying jobs in the automotive service industry. The partnership supports Excel’s most significant expenses, related to life and employability skills such as computer literacy and one-on-one academic tutoring. Volkswagen and Audi technicians also train the Excel Institute automotive technology teachers about new technologies, maintenance, and repair. Volkswagen Group of America and The Excel Institute are developing reciprocal shadowing and hosted seminar opportunities for employees and students to visit job sites.

To date, this support has enabled approximately 225 students to participate in the Excel Institute’s Life Skills program. Ninety-nine percent of the students who began the Inner Journey component of the Life Skills program have completed. Seventy percent of the students who began Life Skills have completed. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently evaluating the Inner Journey Training with the intent of replicating the model throughout the country.

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In May 2010, eighteen University of Virginia engineering students, selected to participate in Volkswagen’s first Global Ingenuity Program, participated in a two-week study abroad course in Germany. Course highlights included a program designed to allow students to address and offer solutions to a real-world problem by participating in cross-cultural “think tanks” with students from the Technical University of Braunschweig. The two student teams worked collaboratively on a research and design problem assigned by Volkswagen Group’s Electronics Research Lab. The main goal was for students to find an innovative and safe way to assist the driver with performing different tasks and managing information while driving. Read more »

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View a recap of the VAIL opening ceremony at Stanford University, which includes interviews with Stanford engineering students, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s keynote speech and the VW Passat “Junior 2″ autonomous car demo. Read more »

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Vanessa Mason

Vanessa Mason, Warranty Helpline LeaderVolkswagen Group of AmericaAuburn Hills, MI

Inclusion is a key element of Volkswagen Group of America’s corporate culture. Vanessa Mason is a Warranty Helpline Leader in Auburn Hills for Volkswagen Group of America. She was born with a genetic disease called spinal muscular atrophy, a form of muscular dystrophy which affects the motor neurons of the spinal cord and brain stem. She explains, “This causes muscle weakness throughout the body. This does not affect sensation or intelligence…I am confined to a power wheelchair and am completely unable to stand or walk. Even though I have weakness in my upper extremities, I am able to handle most daily work tasks with minimal assistance…Although, it may be my most identifiable trait, I do not let it define who I am as a person…I believe my disability has given me characteristics and traits that I use in day-to-day business, such as creativity, adaptability and open-mindedness.”

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The University of Tennessee - KnoxvilleAt the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, the Volkswagen Engagement Endowment Fund provides student aid and faculty support in several different areas. These categories include supply chain logistics, mechanical engineering, and environmental engineering.

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