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
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.
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
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.
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
College Automotive Program (CAP) official website.