The Luther Automotive Group

School partnership grows

Dunwoody instructor Harry Beadell said the school has more than 100 vehicles and a student body of 120 to 200, depending on the semester.

Dunwoody hosts job events, service pro joins committee

Luther Service Specialist Tim Stoesz, right, speaks with Dunwoody student Matt Cecil, left, about jobs at Honda dealerships. Stoesz is a new addition to Dunwoody’s mechanical advisory board.

Regular job fairs have been part of Luther Auto’s strong relationship with Dunwoody College of Technology, and the connection to the automotive program will grow. Luther Service Specialist Tim Stoesz has been appointed to the school’s mechanical advisory board.

Luther Automotive Services Director Steve Weisenberger, left, has served on a Dunwoody College advisory committee for more than 10 years and connects with Automotive Program Director Jon Kukachka.

“There are good students here, with a good work ethic,” said Stoesz.

Technology and customer service are big items of emphasis that students will face in their careers, Stoesz explained.

Connections with Dunwoody instructors are helpful, and they do keep Luther leaders in mind, said Marty Wojciechowski in sales and marketing for Luther. One instructor, Stephen Reinarts, who leads the Chrysler training program, was previously a technician with Luther Brookdale Chrysler. Dozens of graduates, including a certified Fiat technician on Brooklyn Boulevard, are working for Luther Auto.

Two dealership service managers were on hand at a recent Dunwoody job fair, as were a recruiter from the home office and other staff.

Jay Hanf, who manages service at Brookdale Honda, said Dunwoody students are well prepared. He’s also a Dunwoody grad, of the class of 2001.

For the students, it’s harder to get jobs than it was 10 years ago, said Dunwoody Automotive Program Director Jon Kukachka. “Fifteen years ago, we were a repair industry,” he said. “Now, we’re a service industry.”

Luther enjoys a long history with Dunwoody as a sponsor and partner of the Midwest’s only private nonprofit technical college in the Upper Midwest.

Dunwoody instructor Harry Beadell said the program has more than 100 vehicles and a student body of 120 to 200, depending on the semester.

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