MARIANNA—Chipola College Automotive Technology instructor John Gardner is now filming Season 3 of Tech Garage which will air on Discovery’s Velocity Network in January 2017. The show can be seen locally on Comcast/Infinity 412, Direct TV 281 and Dish 246.
Chipola will host a Premiere Party to debut the first episode of season 3, Thursday, Dec. 29, at 6 p.m., in the Center for the Arts Main Theatre.
The series has aired since 2015 at 8:30 a.m. EST on Sundays. More than 52 million American households (45% of those with television) receive Velocity. The show also is available on the web.
Advance Auto Parts sponsors the show with Masters Entertainment Group. The series includes the how’s and why’s of automotive diagnostics and repairs. This season, Gardner and his co-host Bryan Gregory, along with Chief Technician Chase Vlieg, will be transforming a project vehicle Acura RSX in the “RSX Resurrection.” The RSX will feature the work of local award-winning Williams Paint and Body. Every show this season also will feature a performance angle from Burnyzz Racing and Josh Hart, driver of an NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster.
Gardner says, “We have retained all our vendors and have acquired many new national vendors strengthening our regional economic development efforts. The Chipola Automotive programs is still my first priority. We’ve got a full class and our students are benefitting from thousands of dollars in state-of-the art equipment we use on the show and in our classes. I couldn’t do this without support from the college and our business partners.”
Chipola’s Gardner is no stranger to the camera. Since 2013, he and fellow automotive instructor Chase Vlieg, have been the national faces for Advance Auto Parts’ team member video training series used by thousands of employees. Gardner says, “I am very lucky to have so many friends who have helped me in this venture. Chase is a huge part of our success.”
The Chipola Automotive Technology program utilizes an industry-based curriculum in partnership with local shops, and an advisory committee to provide students with the competitive edge in the high-tech training environment. The program excellent job placement rates and is accredited by The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) with Master NATEF Certification in all areas.
The Chipola Automotive Program has been named Florida’s Best Business and Education Partnership by the Bellwether Awards program, and was nominated for an Exemplary Practice Award. In 2015, Gardner was named Teacher of the Year by the Association of Florida Colleges.
For information, visit www.velocity.com and www.chipola.edu.