SOURCE: Volkswagen Group of America
WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Oct 1, 2012) - Automobili Lamborghini America today announced that it will host "Lamborghini Day" at The Excel Institute on Tuesday, Oct. 2 to give automotive students hands-on training about the super-car line of vehicles. The Excel Institute is located at 2851 V St., NE, Washington, D.C. The Italian manufacturer of hi-end luxury sports cars Automobili Lamborghini SpA, based in Sant'Agata Bolognese, is part of the family of brands owned by the Volkswagen Group. During the event, Lamborghini will have the 12-cylinder Aventador LP 700-4 and a Gallardo LP 570-4 Performante on display while they give students an overview of the vehicles with an opportunity for the students to ask questions. Students will also be able to inspect the vehicles' engines, interiors and exteriors.
The Excel Institute, which provides scholarships for vocational training in the field of automotive technology for at-risk youth and adults, is one of Volkswagen Group of America's (VWGoA) community partners. The partnership supports Excel's most significant expenses related to life and employability skills such as computer literacy and one-on-one academic tutoring. Volkswagen and Audi technicians also train the Excel Institute teachers about new technologies, maintenance, and repair (Train the Trainer). VWGoA and The Excel Institute are developing reciprocal shadowing and hosted seminar opportunities for employees and students to visit job sites. To date, this support has enabled more than 250 students to participate in The Excel Institute's Life Skills program.
"Lamborghini is pleased to be able to host Lamborghini Day at the Excel Institute, our community partner, for the second time this year," said Michael Lock, the new Chief Operating Officer, Automobili Lamborghini America, LLC. "Our first event, which was held in January, gave the students an opportunity to learn about the Lamborghini brand up close and personal, and they were elated about the experience. As a result, we want to continue the momentum by giving Excel's new group of students this same experience. Through this event, our aim is to give back to the community by positively impacting our future workforce."
"Lamborghini Day is an extraordinary opportunity for our students to experience and learn about exotic cars," said Cheryl Edwards, Excel's Chief Executive Officer. "We are grateful to Volkswagen for giving our students this opportunity."
About Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world's leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. It operates a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc. Founded in 1955, the company's headquarters are in Herndon, Va., and Volkswagen Group of America brings to the U.S. vehicles that marry the science of engineering and the art of styling, with the goal of offering attractive, safe, and environmentally sound automobiles that are competitive and set world standards in their respective classes. The company has approximately 5,900 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a 950-strong dealer network.
About the Excel Institute
The Excel Institute opened in 1998 to address the employment needs of unemployed individuals, youth and adults in at-risk situations, and employers in the automotive industry in the Washington, D.C. area. The post-secondary vocational education institution specializes in automotive technology, with a unique purpose of serving individuals who have "fallen through the cracks" in the system. Excel's programs, which are certified by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF), trains students for high demand, high-paying careers in the automotive service industry, and also offers High School Equivalency (GED), basic literacy training, life management, and job placement skills as part of a comprehensive, one-year workforce development program.