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Members of the FSAE team at Virginia Tech credit VWGoA for providing them the financial support to help them continue to design formula-style racing cars.

Mechanical engineering students at Virginia Tech who are interested in pursuing careers in motorsports credit Volkswagen Group of America for moving them closer to their goals. VWGoA is a supporter of the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) team and the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Series, both housed at Joseph F. Ware Jr. Advanced Engineering Laboratory on Virginia Tech’s campus in Blacksburg, Va. Read more »

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Planting 4 million baby oysters in the Severn River outside Annapolis, Maryland, requires many hands and a bit of seed money. Volkswagen Group of America is proud of our hands-on support of this project and our relationship with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, dedicated to restoring and protecting the largest estuary in the United States. More than 150 rivers and streams drain into the Bay off the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by Maryland and Virginia. Preserving this natural treasure is just one example of our environmental stewardship, which also includes student scholarships to the foundation’s student leadership summer youth program.

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Jesse Mejia, Residual Value Specialist at VW Credit, Inc. in Herndon, VA, tells us how Volkswagen Group of America celebrates a diverse workplace.

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As part of its commitment to education and leadership in the performing arts, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Virginia offers “one of the best internships” for college students, according to Bloomberg Business Week. Volkswagen Group of America helps fund the program for students like Elizabeth Necka from Bloomingdale, Illinois, a senior at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, where she majors in psychology and business administration, and minors in theatre. After interning with the planning and initiatives department, Elizabeth said. “The main strength of the program is that this is very specifically an internship. It’s not underpaid work like at some places…Wolf Trap provides an atmosphere in which to grow.” We look forward to watching Elizabeth continue to grow as she now decides between a master’s degree in arts and theatre management or a PhD in psychology.

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Matt Little, Compensation and Payroll Manager, Human Resources at Volkswagen Group of America’s Herndon office, speaks of the importance of volunteering.

“Whenever I think of volunteering I remember a quote I saw every day walking into the business school building when I was in college: ‘Service is the rent we pay for living in this world of ours.’ I think it is important for Volkswagen Group of America employees to get out and volunteer — to solve problems and fill needs in their communities. It’s good for the company, but more importantly volunteering makes you feel good. It makes this world a better place for all of us.”

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Volkswagen Group of America cares for our communities and strive to be the best at what we do. Our neighbors in Virginia at the Herndon Police Department, and in Chattanooga at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department and Chattanooga Police Department, share these values. That’s why we’ve proudly provided each law enforcement agency with two specially equipped vehicles that deliver the kind of performance they need to protect our communities, with added safety, comfort and style.

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