Wally and Don Sommer of Sommer’s Subaru hand the keys to
a 2010 Subaru Outback to Carl Hader, automotive
technology teacher at Grafton High School. The car will
be used as a training vehicle by students in the auto
tech program at the school.
Photo by Mark Justesen
GRAFTON — The Grafton High School Auto Shop will be
partnering with Sommer’s Subaru in Mequon and Subaru USA
to make the “Subaru-U” electrical and electronic engine
performance training available to its junior and senior
partnership will entail integration or pairing of Suburu-U
curriculum with Carl Hader, GHS’ automotive technology
are the first Wisconsin high school automotive
technology program to offer this,” Hader said. “Sommer’s
Subaru has set us up with a training vehicle for use in
our program and we are using it already on a daily
basis. A huge thanks goes out to Don Sommer,” he said.
Hader feels that business support like this has a huge
impact on success of a program – more dealers are
beginning to step up by donating training vehicles to
high school programs.
that are donated are ones that are trade-ins with
limited resale potential, but have a gigantic impact in
a high school auto tech program.
“Sommer’s Subaru has taken the lead on this in Ozaukee
County, donating to Port Washington and to Grafton in
the last few months,” Hader added.
Other interested dealers can contact Hader directly
email@example.com for information on how to
support programs, grow future employees and equip young
people with the tools to establish meaningful careers.
Sommer’s plans to hire one or more youth apprentices
from GHS to train as technicians. This is accomplished
through the Ozaukee Youth Apprenticeship Program,
formerly known as Work Force 2020.
Jason Walker, the service director at Sommer’s Subaru,
is involved with the OYA Board of Directors.
“Through our AYES (Automotive Youth Educational Systems)
affiliation and NATEF (National Automotive Technician’s
Educational Foundation) Program Certification, we can
offer students access to OEM-caliber training materials
(Original Equipment Manufacturer),” Hader said.
is a very exciting time for business partnering with
education here in Ozaukee County.”