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Students sign for auto-tech internships

January 8, 2019

A celebratory scene -- complete with a dozen red, white and black balloons -- greeted five students from the Fort Wayne Community Schools Career Academy on Tuesday at Tom Kelley Buick GMC.

Nolan McKuras, Enrique Trujillo, Jacob Maggart, Keagan Snaufer and Jose Cortez successfully completed an extensive vetting process for a paid internship that will pair them with an experienced automotive service technician.

They, along with their FWCS Career Academy instructors, marked their accomplishment with a midday signing ceremony at the dealership.

Kelley Automotive Group executives Tom Kelley, president, and son Jim Kelley II, executive vice president, welcomed the students with handshakes.

The company hopes the signing ceremony is the first of many, the younger Kelley said, noting one of its biggest needs is technicians.

Snaufer, a senior at Snider High School, looks forward to a career in the automotive industry. He described the internship with Kelley as an “awesome” opportunity.

“If all goes well,” Snaufer said, “it will be a full-time job straight out of high school.”

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