Augusta Tech’s bigger automotive program revving up in 2023

Flanked by students in Augusta Tech's automotive technology program, school President Dr. Jermaine Whirl (left) and Jim Hudson, founder of Jim Hudson Automotive Group, hold an oversized $1 million donation check at Jim Hudson Lexus on Thursday.

By early subsequent yr, Augusta Tech’s new automotive technologies campus will renovate a previous Walton Way auto dealership into a simulated learning environment.  

The school ceremonially accepted a $1 million donation for the project – originally introduced in April – from Columbia, S.C.-dependent Jim Hudson Automotive Group, whose 10 dealership places include a few in Augusta. 

“Anybody can market a automobile,” corporation founder and principal Jim Hudson explained in the showroom of his Lexus dealership on Washington Street. “It normally takes a definitely superior technician to hold it offered.” 

What was not disclosed in April was in which the automotive technology campus would be located. Augusta Tech not too long ago procured the previous Johnson Motor Co., a Cadillac seller that closed its location in 2021 at the edge of the city’s Laney-Walker neighborhood. 

Beforehand: Augusta Countrywide awards Augusta Tech $1 million to grow automotive teaching

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Johnson Motor Co., which closed in the summer of 2021, sits empty on Walton Way in Augusta on June 22. The former Cadillac dealership will be the home of Augusta Tech's expanded automotive technology campus.

Hudson’s $1 million, coupled with a separate $1 million donation from Augusta Countrywide Golfing Club also declared in April, will fund substantially of the building and renovation expenditures to comprehensive the new campus by the stop of the calendar year, Tech President Dr. Jermaine Whirl claimed. 

A expanding work marketplace

The growth of Tech’s automotive program will come at a time when in-demand mend staff are envisioned to possess more substantial ability sets to execute do the job on progressively technologically-superior motor vehicles. Electric and hybrid cars will be among the emerging technologies researched in larger depth at Tech.