Poverty and its negative impacts can persist through generationsGovernment programs aimed at reducing poverty are often less effective than community based initiatives, in which the real needs of people are voiced and understood and they themselves are involved in creating solutions.
In partnership with Genuine Parts Company (GPC) and NAPA, City of Refuge offers a 16-week intensive general technician training program, requiring a 40-hour per week commitment.
Morning sessions focus on classroom/online training, followed by afternoon in-shop training. Students are placed in small classes and learn a full range of service repairs including brake work, tire mounting/balancing, alignment, diagnostics, tune-ups, water pump replacement, front end work, and more. Training emphasizes responsibility and comprehensive knowledge, leading to successful graduation.
The program specifically seeks to recruit and serve veterans, those re-entering society from incarceration or drug and alcohol recovery facilities, and who have a desire for career opportunities in the automotive repair industry.
Graduates are assisted by NAPA Hiring Centers to find job placement in any one of many auto service centers around Metro Atlanta.