TOPDON USA Partners With Area 31 Career Center

Area 31 works to build the nation's next generation of skilled technicians...

TOPDON USA is accelerating its international TOP-UP Academic Initiative with a new partnership supporting Indianapolis-based Area 31 Career Center, a hands-on campus dedicated to building the nation’s next generation of America’s skilled workforce. 

TOPDON’s Area 31 partnership donations cover the cost and tools of four automotive students to participate in the Skills USA Championships. Additionally, TOPDON’s scholarship will support students pursuing an automotive education after high school, according to the company.

“Area 31 plays a critical role in helping shape the future of America’s skilled workforce,” said Chad Schnitz, vice president of TOPDON USA. “Our TOP-UP Academic Initiative has supported higher learning and professional training organizations like Area 31 with product and monetary donations across the country. We’re also providing a number of professional-grade auto diagnostic tools that will aid in their education. I’m confident our donation will give them invaluable hands-on experience.”

TOPDON USA Partners With Area 31 Career Center | THE SHOP

The TOP-UP Academic Initiative was created by TOPDON in 2022 to fulfill the company’s commitment to advance the automotive technician workforce globally.

Through product donations, TOP-UP helps faculty and staff create learning experiences and transform classroom environments where students can explore, learn, and build their skills using innovative technology. Monetary scholarships give students access to next-gen education where they can engage with industry professionals and train for future careers in the automotive industry. 

To date, TOPDON has donated over $200,000 in cash and products to support organizations and schools that are dedicated to preparing the next generation of auto technicians around the world.

“We’re grateful to TOPDON for their donation to Area 31 and believe it will give our students endless possibilities to advance their education and career in the transportation industry,” said Brittany Kloer, director of career and technical education at Area 31. “Their products help foster a more advanced way of thinking and solving complex mechanical issues.”

Pat Curtin

Pat Curtin is the managing editor of THE SHOP magazine.

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