New partnership adds Mopar CAP LOCAL program option at NDSCS

Partnership aligns needs of dealerships for qualified FCA automotive technicians with opportunities for NDSCS students

Representatives from North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) recently announced a new partnership resulting in the addition of a Mopar CAP LOCAL program option to the NDSCS Automotive Technology department.

In conjunction with NC3, FCA established the Mopar CAP (Career Automotive Program) LOCAL program in order to train approximately 1,000 students annually in more than 100 colleges. Thanks to the College’s membership with NC3, NDSCS will be one of the first 11 colleges to offer this exclusive training for Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram and FIAT® products.

“We are very pleased to be adding this unique and innovative automotive technology option to NDSCS,” said Dr. John Richman, President of both NDSCS and NC3. “This is a great time for the transportation industry in the state of North Dakota and the need for well-educated automotive technicians is in such high-demand.”

Through this cutting-edge partnership, students will learn via a simple yet effective work-study approach that leverages knowledge learned in the classroom with the opportunity to refine skills on the job. Students will also benefit from the possibility of sponsorship support from local dealerships, internships and advanced training.

“This partnership will allow students access to industry curriculum and certifications that have not been available before. We are proud to be one of the first colleges in the United States to offer this opportunity for students,” said Barb Bang, NDSCS Dean of Technologies and Services Division. “This is just another example of industry and education working together to build a stronger workforce for North Dakota.”

Upon successful completion, NDSCS Automotive Technology students enrolled in this select Mopar CAP LOCAL program will become certified as Mopar Level 1 Technicians.

Prospective students can learn more about the Mopar CAP LOCAL program option by calling Peter Mandt, NDSCS Automotive Technology Program Coordinator and Associate Professor, at 701-671-2442.

About NC3
The National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) is a network of education providers and corporations that supports, advances and validates new and emerging technology skills in the transportation, aviation and energy industry sectors. NC3 develops, implements and sustains industry-recognized portable certifications built on national skill standards. Learn more at

FCA US LLC is a North American automaker with a new name and a long history. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA US designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles under the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands as well as the SRT performance vehicle designation. The company also distributes the Alfa Romeo 4C model and Mopar products. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler, the innovative American automaker first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925; and Fiat, founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli.

Department: Automotive Technology

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