Officials from Robert Bosch dedicated its Bosch Automotive Parts Center on the Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale campus on April 9.
The facility acts as the central hub for connecting students to the public, and for providing quality automotive parts for student laboratory work, according to Bosch. It also houses the automotive technology department’s retail parts and service operations office.
The parts center is named in recognition of a $40,000 gift from Bosch to the university in support of its automotive technology program, one of only a few in the nation to offer an Automotive Technology Baccalaureate Degree, the university said.
“This gift from Bosch supports the university’s mission to recruit talented students to serve the region and beyond,” said Andy Wang, dean of the college of applied sciences and arts. “Through this Bosch Automotive Parts Center, we are able to create a unique learning environment with advanced automotive technologies and a great variety of auto parts and supplies that equip our students to become leaders in the automotive industry.”
The Bosch Automotive Aftermarket division regularly recruits and currently employs a number of graduates of the SIU automotive technology program in a range of sales and marketing positions, the company said.