Evan Martin of Community Cars Auto Group is having trouble finding qualified automotive technicians.

“We have open positions we would fill today,” the corporate manager said.

Ivy Tech Community College is working to address this shortage. The campus’ regional board of trustees approved the creation of an automotive technician program during its meeting Tuesday. The proposal will now go before the community college’s state board. If it passes there, it will then go before the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

There’s a good chance the Bloomington campus could offer its first automotive technician courses this summer, said Kirk Barnes, dean of advanced manufacturing, engineering and applied science.

“I think it really fits into the direction the college is focused on now with workforce development,” he said.

Community Cars Auto Group, which has locations in Bloomington, Martinsville, Mooresville and Spencer, has an immediate need for about six automotive technicians, Martin said. Nationally, there are about 7,500 similar unfilled positions.

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