Advance Auto Parts Increases Diversity Commitment
Advance Auto Parts Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Advance Auto Parts, Inc. announced a $200,000 commitment and partnership with Wake Technical Community College for a first-of-its-kind recruitment initiative aimed at increasing student diversity in the school’s automotive systems technology and collision repair programs. Additionally, the retailer, which operates as Advance Auto Parts, has committed $50,000 in funding to outfit the school’s tool rooms to support student learning.
In partnership with organizations such as Communities In Schools, Juntos (N.C. State) and North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals, funding will be used to conduct direct outreach in Wake County high schools to encourage diverse populations to pursue automotive career paths. Starting this fall, the Advance Auto Parts Foundation’s gift will help 25 students enrolling in the program over the next five years by funding $5,000 scholarships for each student to offset educational and living expenses and a one-time, $600 stipend to purchase tools scholarship recipients need to complete their studies and start their careers.