NORTH HAMPTON, NH – File this under Great Ideas: Seacoast Harley-Davidson, like many Dealers around the country, always needs qualified technicians. So it’s partnering with the local community college to offer a new certificate program in motorcycle maintenance, and it’s hosting the classes at the dealership.
Great Bay Community College this fall will launch its new Certificate in Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Technology, a course that is sponsored by Seacoast H-D. Classes will be held at the North Hampton dealership.
“This sponsorship is the first of its kind that we know of in this field, especially in this area,” said Al Contois, owner of Seacoast Harley-Davidson. “Given that New Hampshire ranks second in the nation for motorcycle ownership on a per capita basis, the ability to work with Great Bay Community College to create a brand-new program based on an identified community need is exciting and empowering for local businesses like ours.”
Seacoast H-D is building a new lab for the first group of students who will start the 24-week program in September. “Instructors from GBCC and master technicians from Seacoast Harley-Davidson will prepare students for work in the increasingly sophisticated and complex field of motorcycle technology through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on skill development,” the dealership announced.
“As with many technical occupations, connecting employers with the next generation of skilled workers is an important priority that requires working together and creative thinking,” said Will Arvelo, GBCC president. “We appreciate and enjoy when local businesses — such as Seacoast Harley-Davidson — take initiative to help create training opportunities that enable students and businesses to thrive, because it’s precisely why GBCC exists in the first place.”
The certificate program was prompted by the need for local training. Schools like MMI or Ohio Technical Institute are considered the technical training standard-bearers; however, they can be too far away to be affordable and accessible for most New Hampshire residents, the dealership said.
Sometimes, students who attend training programs in other states — especially year-round riding states like Florida or Arizona — end up getting permanent jobs there, never to return to their home state.
Seacoast Harley-Davidson worked with GBCC to develop the curriculum and student supply lists, and provide guidance on the real-world skills required by Dealers. By hosting the entire program at the dealership, students will gain familiarity and confidence working in a high-tech maintenance facility, Seacoast said.
Financial aid is available, and enrollment is open. Admission requirements include a completed application, a high school diploma or equivalent certificate, and a valid motorcycle license.
Seacoast Harley-Davidson in North Hampton is a 16-time winner of the Dealernews Top 100 Dealer competition.