Volkswagen and it’s suppliers will need up to 4,000 workers in the Chatanooga area in the next few years, resulting in business and education professionals uniting to start an auto academy
“Those are just the jobs we know about today,” said Rob Bradham, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s vice president of public strategies.
According to Bradham, the academy could be like the Volkswagen academy, which trains their workers in Chattanooga. However, the proposed auto academy would include training for the entire automotive sector.
It is not clear how the program would be funded. Bradham says that officials are looking into “a pilot program of sorts” for as early as the start of the next school year.
Rick Smith, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, thinks the academy is “a good idea”.
“We’ve got so much potential to prosper in this region,” he said.