Icahn Automotive's "Race to 2026" Expands
March 25, 2019—Icahn Automotive today unveiled renovated classrooms and hallways at Lincoln Technical Institute’s (Lincoln Tech) Philadelphia campus. The classrooms are part of a larger, national “Race to 2026” program designed to invest in and support promising future automotive technicians, as they make their way from the classroom to the service bay.
The Philadelphia facility unveiling brought together Pep Boys and AAMCO leaders and technicians and administrators, teachers and students from Lincoln Tech. Joseph Medina, an automotive technology student who is anticipated to graduate from Lincoln Tech in January 2020, was presented with a $2,500 scholarship from Icahn Automotive.
Through the “Race to 2026” program, Icahn Automotive is encouraging more men and women to pursue viable careers in the skilled trades by partnering with technical training schools like Lincoln Tech; offering scholarships, tuition reimbursement and apprentice programs; and creating internship programs, job placement and continuing education opportunities. The renovated areas at Lincoln Tech feature the latest educational resources and tools, plus inspiring messages and wall graphics such as “Find the tools you need,” “Find your own path” and “Find out how far you can go.”
“The ‘Race to 2026’ initiative includes close collaboration with leading providers of post-secondary education. We’re committed to training tomorrow’s automotive technicians and shifting the perception of the industry so that more students are attracted to this viable career,” said Icahn Automotive president of service Brian Kaner. “Today we continue the momentum of our program, and look forward to opening more classrooms and creating more programs that will help develop qualified technicians to meet the industry’s demand.”