Graduates of Rowan College at Gloucester County's (RCGC) 28th Automotive Technology class celebrated during the College's 50th commencement ceremony on May 16, ready to begin their next journey as Ford automotive technicians. Ten of the program's 18 graduates are first generation college students, and all of the graduating class have secured employment at Ford dealerships in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Pictured (left to right) are first generation college students: Devin Berry, of Glendora; Jonathan Smith, of West Deptford; Michael Callahan, of Toms River; Amanda Mutarelli, of Glassboro; Ethan Sheppard, of Pine Hill; Brian Jackson, of Mullica Hill; Robert Quaile, of Sewell; Joseph DiPalma, of Vineland; Leslie "LJ" Watson, of Millville; and Brandon Sparks, of Franklinville.
The Automotive Technology program is a cooperative agreement between RCGC, the Gloucester County Institute of Technology and the Ford Motor Company. The associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree is a full-time, two-year program composed of five 20-week semesters. Alternating 10-week sessions of classroom/laboratory instruction and internship at a local Ford or Lincoln/Mercury dealership provide theory and practice, in addition to hands-on experience, that qualify graduates for gainful employment as service technicians.
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Rowan College at Gloucester County's 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.