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Kennedy-King College and City’s Deptartment of Fleet and Facility Management Launch Career Exploration Opportunity for Automotive Technology Students

9/4/2019 12:00 AM

Automotive Technology students nearing the end of their program get on-site job shadow experience at a large scale fleet operation, giving them an edge in their post-credential job search. 

As a part of City Colleges' on-going effort to connect students to work-based learning and career exploration opportunities while enrolled or immediately following graduation, this semester Kennedy-King College (KKC) and the City of Chicago’s Department of Fleet and Facility Management (2FM) are piloting an internship for students enrolled in the college’s Automotive Technology program. 

Students pursuing either a certificate or associate degree will earn three credit hours as they shadow 2FM technicians and learn the inner-workings of a large fleet operation and servicing a variety of vehicles for 20 hours a week throughout the semester. 2FM supports the operations of other City Departments by providing high-quality and cost-effective fleet and facility services. The Department maintains 10,000 pieces of equipment and vehicles. 

“Showing students what it actually means to work in this type of facility and on the different kinds of vehicles we have is invaluable,” said David Reynolds, Commissioner of 2FM. “That isn’t something that students are typically exposed to while they are still in school.” 

The two Kennedy-King automotive technology students who will be the first interns this fall were chosen based on grade point average, a statement of interest, and faculty approval. They also had to meet the City of Chicago’s hiring requirements. Kennedy-King College faculty and administrators worked with 2FM leadership to create this unique opportunity, and hope to expand the partnership to include more students and additional KKC programs, including Auto Collision Technology and Cost Estimating courses. 

“We are extremely excited about the partnership and what it means for KKC students and the City of Chicago. This is an example of city government at its best, when sister agencies can work together to build educational and workforce partnerships,” said Eddie Phillips, KKC’s Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. 

Kennedy-King College offers a basic certificate, advanced certificate, and associate degree in automotive technology. To learn more, visit or call 773-COLLEGE. ​  

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