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.
Students enrolled in the PACT program will follow the Automotive
Technology curriculum. However, these courses are taught using
Hondas 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
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.
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 students 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
Tidewater Community College
Regional Automotive Center
600 Innovation Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Honda's Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT) official