Edelbrock plays a large roll on education of our American youth. The Edelbrock Academy, a newly formed program between Edelbrock and Ohio Technical College (OTC) was announced. The program will give students a solid foundation in the building and tuning of American muscle cars and performance vehicles. As part of the course, OTC students learn about engine modifications; how to install high-performance products such as exhaust, nitrous and supercharging systems; and how to conduct dyno tuning and testing, among other skills.
The Edelbrock Academy
Ohio Technical College (OTC) and Edelbrock, LLC announce the opening of The Edelbrock Performance Academy, a program designed to give students a solid foundation in the building and tuning of high performance products.
The Edelbrock Performance Academy at OTC provides students with the skills necessary to efficiently increase a vehicle's performance through planning, installation and modification of high performance engine components, superchargers, nitrous, fuel injection systems and more.
The 12-week, 300-hour course consists of nine different training modules covering intake manifolds and carburetor design, cams and lifters, cylinder heads, computer tuning, fuel injection, forced induction, nitrous oxide, data acquisition systems as well as the history of Edelbrock and the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).
"It is important for the students to learn and understand the origins of Edelbrock and SEMA. We constructed this curriculum with the help and input from Vic and Christi Edelbrock. So much so, the Edelbrock Performance Academy will share a resemblance to Vic's own garage - right down to the photos on the walls," said Bill Abbott, head instructor of the Edelbrock Performance Academy at OTC. "The course is offered to advanced OTC students and features training from the school's High Performance and Racing program. This is a true, hands-on course that's based on learning through discovery.
"The students will break down many of the parts on their own and will work on actual vehicles from configuration and installation to dyno-testing and tuning. As with all OTC classes, the Edelbrock Performance Academy will focus on more than just mechanics, teaching students the importance of a strong work ethic, customer service skills and the technical know-how."
The first-of-its-kind course starts a new class every six weeks and will hold up to 12 students each to offer optimum one-on-one training. To watch the Edelbrock Performance Academy grand opening ceremony, visit http://youtu.be/5vsXAwMRVO4.
The Edelbrock Performance Academy was originated when Christi Edelbrock, Vice President of Business Development at Edelbrock, and Justin Brenner, Director of Corporate Development for OTC, met at SEMA to create a concept of a training course that directly teaches the manufacturer's catalog product line.
OTC and Edelbrock spent months diligently developing the ideal curriculum and facility to help today's student technician. OTC learned the Edelbrock philosophy behind its history as well as how its parts are manufactured to create an authentic course, and received direct feedback from Christi and Vic during the planning stages.
"Students gain an advantage in the workforce by completing the Edelbrock Performance Academy by receiving hands-on training using the latest products from Edelbrock," said Christi Edelbrock. "This course is ideal for those pursuing a career as an engine dynamometer test technician at a performance shop or other tuner positions on a unique builder, race team or at a specialty aftermarket installer."
Upon completion of the Edelbrock Academy program, the students receive a certificate signifying their specialized, high-performance training.
ABOUT OHIO TECHNICAL COLLEGE Founded in 1969, Ohio Technical College provides students with unique training in a variety of transportation fields. More than 1,000 students are currently enrolled in courses like automotive, diesel, classic car restoration, alternative fuel vehicles and high performance and racing. Ohio Technical College (OTC) is an accredited private, proprietary technical school dedicated to providing premier technical training in the world of modern mechanics by pursuing industry alliances, providing outstanding training equipment and focusing on the needs of individual students. An Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT) college, OTC and its PowerSport Institute branch campus encompass nearly 800,000 sq. feet of classroom and workshop space. Drawing students from all over the United States, OTC offers technician training programs in Automotive, Diesel, Auto-Diesel, Collision Repair, Classic Car Restoration, High Performance and Racing, Welding and PowerSport Technology as well as specialization in BMW, Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Custom Paint and Graphics, CDL Truck Driver Training, and Power Generator Systems. Motorcycle technician training is provided through the PowerSport Institute, a branch campus of OTC in North Randall, Ohio. For more information, write to Ohio Technical College at 1374 E. 51st St. Cleveland, Ohio, 44103; call 800.322.7000 ext. 163; or visit www.ohiotech.edu and www.psi-now.com
Russo and Steele Teams With Edelbrock For Childrens Charity Fundraiser
Russo and Steele is proud to announce a collaboration with Edelbrock's Rev'ved Up 4 Kids Charity in support of The Center for Learning Unlimited, a program that helps children with Autism and Asperger's Syndrom reconnect to their academic, social, and emotional potential.
Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions has an entire program dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Edelbrock's youth initiatives along with The Center for Learning Unlimited, during its 12th Annual "Sports and Muscle in Monterey" auction event this August 16-18, 2012. The fundraising will begin with a charity auction on Thursday, August 16th prior to the automobiles crossing the auction block. Items for auction will be everything from a wine refrigerator filled with wine to jewelry collectables, watches and more; check the Russo and Steele Monterey Charity page for continual updates. In addition to the charity auction, Russo and Steele has dubbed Friday, August 17, as "Edelbrock Day" and has pledged to provide $5 from each general admission ticket bought at the door to Edelbrock's charity of choice, Rev'ved Up 4 Kids. On Friday, Christi and Vic Edelbrock, along with Rich Evans and Von Hot Rod, will be onsite to sign autographs.
"For more than two decades, The Center for Learning Unlimited has been dedicated to successfully serving the social, emotional and educational needs of bright, complex children and youth," said Drew Alcazar, co-owner and CEO of Russo and Steele. "Over the years, Josephine and I have always had a special place in our hearts when it comes to non-profits dedicated to empowering and assisting the children of our community. However, now that we have five grandchildren and see the challenges that lie ahead of children today first hand, we couldn't resist the opportunity to join Christi Edelbrock in her quest to make a difference in the lives of these children."
Russo and Steele also sponsored Edelbrock's 7th annual Rev'ved Up 4 Kids car show on May 5 and 6, 2012. Spectators of the show enjoyed a day of hot rods, great food, and live entertainment. All proceeds from the event went directly to The Center for Learning Unlimited.
Christi Edelbrock, Vice President of Business Development, and founder of Rev'ved Up 4 Kids, shared "We are so very blessed to have the overwhelming support for our initiatives. With our passion, hard work and determination, we have continued raising money to support children across many venues. Our goal is to expand our focus, further engage our community, sponsors and partners to provide life-changing opportunities for the next generation; Russo and Steele is a perfect partner to help us achieve these goals."
"We are pleased to bring Rev'ved Up 4 Kids to Russo and Steele's 12th Annual Sports and Muscle auction event in beautiful Monterey, CA. With their new venue on the waterfront and the passion that drives the Russo and Steele team, this event offers a spectacular back drop for our collaboration in the effort to educate America's youth" said Vic Edelbrock, chairman of the Edelbrock Corporation.
For further information about the 12th annual "Sports and Muscle in Monterey" event please visit www.russoandsteele.com. For those unable to attend in person, absentee and telephone bidding options are available, and the auction will stream live online at www.russoandsteele.com, providing real-time coverage of the event.
RUSSO AND STEELE MONTEREY CHARITY FACTS:
CHAIRED BY: Christi Edelbrock
WHO: Russo and Steele auction attendees (bidders, consignors, guests) and supporters of Rev'ved Up 4 Kids
WHAT: Russo and Steele Monterey Edelbrock Day. $5 of every general admission ticket bought at the event on Friday, August 17th, 2012 goes to Rev'ved Up 4 Kids. MEGG, a finalist from NBC's "The Voice", will provide live entertainment. In addition, the Edelbrock's have arranged for a demonstration by the Hot Rodder's of Tomorrow Engine Challenge. The Hot Rodder's of Tomorrow Engine Challenge is a national competition where teams of high school students compete against each other and the clock in taking apart and reassembling a small block Chevy engine. Finally, Ohio Technical College along with The Edelbrock Performance Academy will be on hand giving live airbrush and custom paint demonstrations and hands-on instruction.
During the auction, Rev'ved Up 4 Kids will be selling keys to bidders for the opportunity to win multiple wine cabinets stocked with vintage wine collections. In addition, automotive memorabilia, collectables and watches, to name a few, will be available for spectators to bid on.
WHEN: Friday, August 17th, 2012
WHERE: Russo and Steele Event Site Main Tent,
ATTIRE: Casual to Business Casual (evenings can get slightly dressier, but Russo and Steele provides a relaxed, come as you are atmosphere.
COST: Just the cost of admission whether you are a bidder ($100) or general admission ($20)
Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge
Edelbrock is proud to be a sponsor and host the Division 7 leg of the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge at this years 6th Annual Rev'ved Up 4 Kids Charity Car Show. Edelbrock has been involved with the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge since its inception.
Hot Rodders of Tomorrow is an exciting Engine Building Challenge where high school automotive program teams compete against each other to see which team can tear down and rebuild a small-block Chevy engine correctly, in the shortest time possible. Teams compete regionally for scholarships to participating Automotive Technical Colleges. Winning teams advance to the exciting National competition at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This years Challenge is more exciting than ever. Word has just reached us that Ohio Technical College (OTC) and School of Automotive Machinists (SAM) have committed $530,000 each, bringing the scholarship pool to an amazing $1,060,000!
Here is the breakdown of the scholarships for each division from each college:
1st Place $5,000 each student
2nd Place $3,000 each student
3rd Place $2,000 each student
$1,000 will be awarded to each non-placing student.
Edelbrock is proud to continue supporting the future of our industry through the education of today's youth and the wonderful program the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow have put together. Join us May 1, 2011 at the 6th Annual Rev'ved Up 4 Kids Car Show to see the action first hand. For more information on the program visit Hot Rodders of Tomorrow.