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Photo credit: Avondale Dealership From L to R: Spencer Green (Avondale Dealerships apprentice), Lorena Arredondo (Avondale Dealerships Talent Partner), Jonathan Hegarty (collision instructor at Lewisville ISD), Mark Waugh (Avondale Collision Center’s Director of Collision Operations), Leo Argento-Juarez (Avondale Dealerships apprentice), Kurt Vanous (Avondale Dealerships Talent Acquisition Manager)

In December, Avondale Dealerships donated three Bodies in White to Lewisville I.S.D. and Collin College for students to use and in their automotive technology classes. 

Body in White is the stage in automobile manufacturing in which a car’s unibody frame construction has been joined together before painting and before the motor, chassis sub-assemblies, or trim (glass, door locks/handles, seats, upholstery, electronics, etc.) have been integrated into the structure. The schools received frames from Mercedes-Benz’ Sprinter van, a C-Class sport-sedan, and a compact SLK roadster.

Honored to serve and support the Dallas/Fort Worth community, Avondale Dealerships has worked for more than 12 years with area schools with donations and hands-on automotive and collision apprenticeships. Avondale’s Internship Program is designed to provide practicum hands-on experience for students in a work-study format that transitions to Avondale’s Apprenticeship Program. Apprentices can work side by side with A level technicians during the school year to grasp a better understanding of trade and to encourage engagement with prospective candidates.  Once accepted, they continue their education and by hands on experience and are eventually sent out to manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Aston Martin, Lexus, Jaguar and Land Rover for continuing education.   

“With the current shortage in Dallas/Fort Worth of service technicians, it is vital to actively be a part of the training within the industry,” states Mark Waugh, Avondale Collision Center’s Director of Collision Operations. ”Our goal has always been to make an impact in the communities in which we live and work. Our apprentice program is one of the many ways we support the community.”

Currently, Avondale has five apprentices from Lewisville I.S.D. and one from Collin College. Apprentice Spencer Green attended the donation of the Bodies in White and stated, “It is great to return to campus for this. These will be a fantastic training aid for the program. I have great memories of the L.I.S.D. Collision program, and it is exciting that I am able to return to campus with something that will provide great value in the educational process.”  

Avondale Dealerships is committed to training within in the automotive and collision by nurturing young talent, as well as growing and certifying technicians in the metroplex.

About Avondale Dealerships

Avondale Dealerships is part of Avondale Group, an innovative business led by a team with decades of success and experience in the automotive industry. Avondale is supported by members who have an incredible spirit for delivering an elevated client experience. The Spirit of Avondale runs deep and is channeled in multiple ways to care for the local community. Avondale Dealerships operate Mercedes-Benz of Grapevine, Porsche Grapevine, Sprinter Grapevine, Aston Martin Dallas, Bentley Dallas, Koenigsegg Dallas, McLaren Dallas, Maserati Dallas, Pininfarina Dallas and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dallas. In addition, the company manages Avondale Collision & Repair, and Avondale Select, a subscription service for luxury vehicles. For more information, please visit: https://www.avondale.com

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