According to Nashville I-CAR Committee Chair Kayla Clark, “We had a great turnout at both the Annual Golf Event and the CREF Career Fair. First and foremost, we appreciate the dedication of our industry partners that supported these events. With over 140 golfers and several sponsors, our partners are going to make it easier to assist multiple middle Tennessee technical school programs. Also, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) in Smyrna was a great host facility for the career fair. This event brought in around 200 students, all of which were able to interact with a room full of industry-leading companies.”
The Nashville I-CAR Committee held its Annual Golf Outing on Tuesday, May 15 at the Pine Creek Golf Course in Mt. Juliet, TN. Proceeds from the event benefit CREF and are reinvested into greater Nashville area high school and college collision school programs, instructors and students. The next day, the Nashville I-CAR Committee hosted a Nashville Area High School & College Transportation Career Fair at TCAT Murfreesboro in Smyrna, TN, in collaboration with CREF and the TechForce Foundation.
Clark shared, “One of the greatest things about this year’s event was hearing the excitement and passion in these students as you talked to them about the future of the automotive industry. Most of them realize that in 5--10 years, the landscape of our industry will look drastically different. The coolest part is that they’re ready for it and want to take it head on. It’s inspiring to listen to.
“Events like these are important because the students attending this career fair and benefitting from the dollars raised are the future of our industry. CREF, along with our local I-CAR Committee, does a phenomenal job of hosting these events and really investing in the long-term future of these students. Companies within the industry who partake in these events are giving themselves an advantage when these students have graduated and are looking for employment.”