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Chrysler's College Automotive Program (CAP)


Launched in June 2004, the CAP program at Tidewater Community College offers students the opportunity to train and work in a Chrysler, Jeep, or Dodoge dealership. This 2-year program combines theory, hands-on work, and live shop work in order to give the student the most up-to-date training available. Students train on the latest Chrysler products and equipment. After graduating with and Associates in Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology, students can continue to pursue their career as an automotive technician at the sponsoring dealership.

How to Apply

Applying to the program follows the same guidelines for admission to the college. Scholarships and financial aid are also available. Click on the link below for more details.

Required Courses

Students enrolled in the CAP program will follow the Automotive Technology curriculum. However, these courses are taught using Chrysler’s specific curriculum, special tools, and vehicles. In addition the cooperative education courses must be completed in a sponsoring Chrysler, Jeep, or Dodge dealership. See curriculum info: Associate In Applied Science Degree: Automotive Technology (909.00)

All 'hands-on' work is performed at an off-campus location called the Regional Automotive Center. Academic classes are held on the main campus in Chesapeake.

Residency Program

Students from outside the Tidewater area may still participate in CAP through the residency program. Once a student has found a sponsoring dealer in their home area, the student attends classes for 8 weeks while staying in local housing. The following 8 weeks are spent completing their cooperative classes back at the student’s home dealership. This continues until the student completes the program.

Local Participating Dealerships

Eligible students may interview at any of the following dealerships for a sponsorship. In addition, dealerships outside the Tidewater area can sponsor students to participate in the CAP program through the residency program.

  • Carolina Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram, Elizabeth City (NC)
  • Greenbrier Dodge/Ram, Chesapeake
  • Hall Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram, Virginia Beach
  • Pomoco Chrysler/Jeep, Hampton
  • Pomoco Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram/Fiat, Newport News
  • Quinn Motors Inc., Gloucester
  • Southern Chrysler/Jeep, Chesapeake
  • Southern Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram/Fiat, Norfolk
  • Starr Motors Inc., Suffolk


Bobby Rowe, Sr.
Associate Professor, Automotive Technology
Tidewater Community College
Regional Automotive Center
600 Innovation Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 822-5076


Chrysler's College Automotive Program (CAP) official website.