With all-wheel-drive and flat-four engines, Subaru products have developed a definite cult following. Now those who really love them can take a college degree course about the technology that drives them.
Subaru of America has reacted to the growing demand for trained Subaru technicians, partnering with Mt. Hood Community College to develop the two-year associate of applied science degree course.
Given the almost cliché association between Subaru models and the Pacific Northwest, it would seem only fitting that an Oregon-based college would deliver the degree. Mt. Hood Community College enrolls over 30,000 students each year, split across two campuses.
Subaru has an existing partnership with the college, using it to deliver the existing Subaru-U online learning certification since 2015. This new Subaru applied technology course will mark a significant step up from the Subaru-U course.
However, this is more than just academia for the sake of it. The degree will prepare students to undertake work in Subaru dealerships across the United States, providing them with factory-certified practical learning.
Students will be partnered with one of nine Subaru dealerships across Oregon, aiming to provide them with sponsorship, work experience, and the promise of a full-time job after graduation.
Equipment and five Subaru vehicles have also been provided, giving students the best possible tools to learn with.
Subaru of America is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, coinciding with 30 years since the introduction of the performance STI sub-brand. More than 647,000 new Subarus were sold in the U.S. during 2017, proving to be the ninth year of consecutive sales growth.
The company has more than 620 dealerships across North America, along with a dedicated production facility in Lafayette, Indiana. An investment of $1.5 billion in the Indiana factory has seen production of the three-row Ascent SUV, adding 200 jobs to the existing workforce.
Applications to Mt. Hood Community College for the Subaru Associate of Applied Technology degree are open until the end of September. The first students will begin the course later this year.