Young Executives Network leadership and SEMA Staff met with AXC instructor Barney Harris and founder of the program Brian Suggs during a mock measuring session on the brand-new Honda Talon UTV build at the AXC garage in Pomona, CA. The students and instructor gave a tour of their workshop, where every tool was in its place, floors were clean, and the fun projects laid there waiting for the students to operate on them.
The faculty and administration work hard to create a challenging atmosphere that will prepare students for a future in the automotive industry, but the influence goes beyond the hands-on work in the garage. Students are expected to successfully complete pre-work aimed to instill responsibility, punctuality and team building before starting the work in the garage.
We are excited to see the coming phases of the build process and hope they have as much fun as possible with all the hard work they are putting in.
Inspire youth to become automotive hobbyists and to encourage career paths into the automotive industry
Alex Xydias & Pete Chapouris Center for Automotive Arts (AXC)
Students will learn conceptual development, project management, research and development, product procurement, 3-D scanning, CAD, manufacturing, installation, fabrication, suspension, body styling, wiring, performance upgrades, photography, media and testing.
SEMA, YEN and AXC ambassadors will be onsite to help with the installations and answer questions.
YEN Member Companies
SEMA Show, Off-road Expo and Sand Sports Super Show
Vehicle will be auctioned with 100% of the proceeds going towards SEMA Scholarships, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity.
The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at www.semashow.com or www.sema.org, 909-396-0289.
The Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts (AXC) program has been developed in collaboration with automotive business owners and classic car enthusiasts from the Inland Valley. This two-year automotive program allows students to gain the necessary confidence and hands-on experience needed to enter the automotive industry. Students will progress through a series of classes, starting with the Auto 101 course to acquire basic skills and moving into classes on brakes, electrical and engine repair. Students will work with instructors who are industry-certified automotive technicians and are ready to help students move on to advanced study. Students will have the opportunity to take and receive National Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certifications that can help them acquire entry-level jobs in the automotive or specialty shop industry. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for continued study and work in college or in the workplace.
If you are interested in helping the build process, please contact Director of Networks, Bryan Harrison at BryanH@sema.org.