Simultaneously, an Indiegogo campaign featuring exclusive perks ranging from a select run of West Coast Customs Academy work shirts to limited edition, fully-customized West Coast Customs Jeeps or a one-of-a-kind concept car prototype build was launched.
According to the company, the goal of West Coast Customs Academy is to motivate, train and provide students with technical skills relative to the automotive aftermarket trades. The Academy offers a comprehensive 48-week training program featuring a curriculum format comprised of six trade-level instructional segments including Auto Body, Upholstery, Fabrication, Wheels and Tires, Electronics, and Wrap and Tint. The rigorous program provides students with both in-depth classroom time taught by leaders in the customization industry and hands-on training and project work at the world-famous West Coast Customs facility in Burbank, CA.
"I have been building custom cars from the ground up for the past 27 years," Friedlinghaus said. "It is unfortunate that many high schools are unable to offer wood shop or automotive classes any longer, and I feel that high-quality hand-craftsmanship work is a dying art form. I would like to help bridge that gap, give back to my community, bring in younger generations and build new talent at the all-new West Coast Customs Academy."
With West Coast Customs Academy classes commencing in early 2017, plans for a two-hour WCCA special on FOX Sports have already been green lit. West Coast Customs, the television show, is produced on site at the West Coast Customs headquarters in Burbank, CA. The show is produced for FOX Sports 2 and airs Sunday evenings, 7 PM PST/10 PM EST weekly.
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