Automotive Business School of Canada Grads Celebrated at Convocation
October 22, 2018
A cohort of highly-qualified automotive students have recently graduated from Georgian College on October 11 and are stepping into the market now. “They have found their passion, and they are finally able to go out there and work in their field,” said Jason Dale, Executive Director of the Automotive Business School of Canada (ABSC), in an interview with CADA Newsline. “It’s an exciting business and it’s going to be fun.”
The convocation was held at the Georgian Theatre, where 78 students received their diploma in Automotive Business and 28 received their degree from the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration program. In addition, 32 graduated from the Automotive Dealership Management graduate certificate program and are already employed and sponsored by their dealership.
The ceremony, described by Dale as exciting and rewarding for the ABSC team, faculty members and students, included for the first time two valedictorians. “It was great. The students were extremely proud and they all mentioned how important our auto show is to their education and to the future,” said Dale, referring to the school’s annual Georgian Auto Show in Barrie, Ont.
Dale also received some feedback from graduates regarding how dealers can further prepare students of the ABSC for a job in the auto retail sector. “In talking to most of our students, there are so many exciting career opportunities in the automotive industry and it’s very difficult for them to select one.” According to Dale, providing more co-op opportunities, and allowing students to touch on each department in the dealership facility (rather than just one), will allow them to gain more experience and a greater ability to focus on what their goals are.
John White, CADA President and CEO was also on hand at the event to congratulate the students for their hard work, dedication and perseverance — and also to remind them of the opportunities that await them. “You are joining or progressing through our industry at a very exciting time. The automobile business is poised for transformative change,” said White. “The opportunities for employment and growth are boundless.”
White also attended during the scholarship award segment of the event, speaking to the students but also acknowledging the donors for their generous contributions. “By giving back to our industry, these donors are playing an important role in helping to develop tomorrow's leaders. Leaders in business, and in their communities,” said White.
The scholarships are an opportunity for students (and the industry). It provides them with financial help to continue into their field and into the auto retail sector.