Volkswagen's Northeast Region and its dealers donate Atlas models to technical and trade schools

Sep 9, 2020

  • 10 vehicles will be donated throughout the northeast
  • Donations will allow technical students to train on Volkswagen vehicles with VW ODIS software used to diagnose and update vehicles

Herndon, VA — As part of Volkswagen’s Drive Bigger initiative, Volkswagen of America is announcing the Atlas donation initiative, which will donate a number of Atlas models throughout the United States. Volkswagen is joining with local dealers to donate vehicles to universities, colleges, technical and trade schools with automotive programs and will assist with developing future Volkswagen-trained technicians throughout the country. 

“These vehicles will be essential in assisting the next generation of Volkswagen technicians to interact with and learn the latest technology that is part of our exciting model lineup” said John Peterson, Director of Fixed Operations.”  At Volkswagen we strongly believe in investing in the next generation and with our growing model lineup, it’s critical we give these young technicians the opportunity to be hands on with our vehicles to help ensure we continue to deliver a high level of customer satisfaction in the future.” 

Volkswagen recognizes the need for vehicles to be in the hands of students to help educate and equip tomorrow’s technicians with the tools necessary for future employment. These donations will allow students to train on Volkswagen vehicles utilizing the VW ODIS software used to diagnose and perform updates.  The selected schools will collaborate with local dealerships to provide supplemental assistance and instruction on the donated equipment.

The Northeast Region will donate ten Atlas vehicles from Boston, Massachusetts to Ann Arbor, Michigan. The first event will take place in Massachusetts on September 9th and the last event will take place in Michigan in early October.  In all, 34 dealers will be contributing support to nine different schools and/or training centers to help develop the future Volkswagen technician. 

Receiving schools:

  • Automotive Training Center (Warminster, PA)
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Hudson Valley Community College (Troy, NY)
  • Lincoln Technical Institute (Mahwah, NJ)
  • MassBay Community College Automotive Technology Center (Ashland, MA)
  • Medina County Career Center (Medina, OH)
  • Saline High School (Saline, MI)
  • Suffolk County Community College (Centereach, NY)
  • SUNY Canton Automotive Technology (Canton, NY)


About Volkswagen
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America and a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, with headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Arteon, Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, Golf, Golf GTI, Jetta, Jetta GLI, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen online at or to learn more.


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