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Automotive Technology Students Attend Ford Youth Initiative

(Conway, SC) 09/20/2023

students with Ford employees

Back Row (left to right) Ivan Korda, Senior Director of Business Development, Power Automedia; Patrick Zschering, Director of Content at Mindshare; Sean Dugan, Automotive Instructor at Horry Georgetown Technical College; Matt Porath, Associate Director, Content at Mindshare; Joe Bellino, Ford Mustang Marketing Director; Lloyd Hunt, Chief Revenue Officer, Power Automedia; Kash Singh, Sales and Marketing Manager, Shelby American; Front Row HGTC Automotive Technology Students.

Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) students representing the Automotive Technology program were recently invited to participate in the Ford Youth Initiative at Mustang Week, held on Saturday, September 9. The Ford Youth Initiative, a nationwide program, aims to inspire young individuals to explore career opportunities within the automotive industry, particularly with organizations affiliated with Ford Motor Company.

“The Ford Youth Initiative has garnered immense popularity across the United States in recent years, and the event in Myrtle Beach proved to be no exception. Students from various backgrounds have found the program to be both educational and inspiring, opening doors to potential careers in the thriving automotive industry,” said Jeff Ball, HGTC Chair for Academic and Workforce Development.

The select group of students from HGTC were among a fortunate few who embarked on an immersive journey into the world of automobiles, thanks to this remarkable opportunity. The event featured a range of engaging activities, including a private tour led by Mustang Week organizers and Ford representatives, a close-up examination of several brand-new Ford Mustangs, and a lively Q&A session with directors and managers from esteemed organizations such as Ford Motor Company, Shelby American, Mindshare, and Power Automedia. During the insightful Q&A session, students had the chance to interact directly with influential figures from the automotive industry.

As part of the program, Ford team members provided valuable insights into the automotive industry, offering guidance and expertise. This interactive session took place within the Myrtle Beach Mall, providing an ideal setting for students to engage with industry professionals. Throughout the event, students were encouraged to share their experiences and newfound knowledge on social media, enhancing their understanding of the automotive world and its exciting possibilities.

“HGTC remains committed to providing students with unique opportunities to explore their passions and interests, ensuring they are well-prepared for the future. This exceptional experience at the Ford Youth Initiative exemplifies HGTC's dedication to enriching students' educational journeys,” said Dr. Marilyn Murphy Fore, HGTC President.