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Honda's Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT)


Starting August 2007, the PACT program at Tidewater Community College offers students the opportunity to train and work in a Honda or Acura 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 Honda products and equipment. After graduating with an Associates in Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology, students 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 PACT program will follow the Automotive Technology curriculum. However, these courses are taught using Honda’s specific curriculum, special tools, and vehicles. In addition the cooperative education courses must be completed in a sponsoring Honda or Acura 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 each of the four TCC campuses.

Residency Program

Students from outside the Tidewater area may still participate in PACT 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. TCC has negotiated reduced rates with local hotels for students.

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 PACT program through the residency program.

Casey Honda, Newport News
Checkered Flag Honda, Norfolk
First Team Honda, Chesapeake
Hall Acura, Virginia Beach
Hall Acura, Newport News
Hall Honda, Virginia Beach
Hall Honda of Elizabeth City, Elizabeth City, NC
Peninsula Honda, Hampton
Priority Acura, Chesapeake
Priority Honda, Chesapeake
Williamsburg Honda, Williamsburg


David Lee
PACT Instructor
Tidewater Community College
Regional Automotive Center
600 Innovation Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 822-5074

Honda's Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT) official website.