Subaru-U comes to Grafton
Sommer’s Subaru teams up with Grafton High School’s automotive program

News Graphic Staff

Jan. 28, 2016

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 students.

The partnership will entail integration or pairing of Suburu-U curriculum with Carl Hader, GHS’ automotive technology teacher.

“We 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.

Cars 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 chader@grafton.k12.wi.us 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.

“It is a very exciting time for business partnering with education here in Ozaukee County.”