DMACC to offer Honda PACT training for automotive students

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Mikey Moore of Altoona, left, a senior at Southeast Polk High School, and Thomas Fritz of Ankeny, right, a senior at Ankeny High School, both plan to attend DMACC next year and enroll in the College’s new Honda PACT Program. Moore and Fritz are currently students in the DMACC Career Advantage Automotive Mechanics Technology Program. They are pictured with Brian Moore, second from left, industry education coordinator for American Honda, and DMACC President Rob Denson. Photo courtesy DMACC


The DMACC Automotive Program announced Tuesday it has received approval from the Iowa Department of Education to offer the Honda PACT (Professional Automotive Career Training) program beginning in fall 2020.

Honda PACT, jointly sponsored by DMACC and Honda, brings to the education marketplace a unique program designed to prepare students for employment as a Honda or Acura dealership technician and to help fill the growing technician skills gap found in many dealerships.

The partnership is the only one of its kind in Iowa and one of only 29 nationwide, offering a curriculum specifically tailored by American Honda and DMACC, hands-on internships at local Honda or Acura dealerships and eventual career possibilities upon completion of the program.

“DMACC is proud to be selected by Honda to offer the Honda PACT Training as part of our growing and in-demand Automotive Technology Program,” said Jerry Burns, DMACC Automotive Technology Program chairperson and professor.

Burns said DMACC graduates are highly sought after by industry employers and across all auto manufacturers.

“Given the popularity of Honda and Acura vehicles,” he said, “we are pleased to be able to add the Honda PACT Program to our offerings and help prepare our students for jobs at Honda and Acura dealerships across Iowa and throughout the Midwest.”

Students interested in enrolling in the Honda PACT Program at DMACC should contact Burns at jlburns@dmacc.edu or DMACC Automotive Program Pathway Navigator Janelle Seward at jnseward@dmacc.edu. For more information, visit the DMACC website.

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