Mount Wachusett Community College Automotive Technology Program Selected for Business, Industry, Leadership Team Academy

GARDNER, MA –  The Automotive Technology Program at Mount Wachusett Community College has been selected to participate in the Pathways to Innovation (PTI) “Business Industry, Leadership, Team Academy (BILT) Academy” in 2023.

The BILT Academy provides leadership development for teams from the College and from industry. The role of the team is to establish sustainable partnerships with the goal of reaping measurable benefits for students and local economies.
“Colleges engaged in PTI’s BILT Academy will learn how to develop employer relationships that yield workforce intelligence at a depth and with a frequency to facilitate continuous program improvement and innovation. They will also be supported in creating a BILT for a single technical discipline,” states the Pathways to Innovation website (

“The BILT Academy program will help our Automotive Technology Program as they look to build a new model for advisory board engagement through the BILT approach,” notes Heather Layton. “The training and mentor assistance involved in the academy will help us gain insight on how to run this process successfully, assisting us to expand to other academic programs in the future.”

“We are excited to be selected to participate in the BILT Academy,” states Eric Almeida. “The Automotive Technology Program at MWCC is growing rapidly, and the coaching this program offers allows MWCC to jointly lead and understand the skilled workforce employers require to remain competitive in this rapidly changing industry.”

MWCC’s BILT Academy Team Partners include Wagner Auto Group; Durand Buick, GMC, Cadillac; Subaru of New England; Kia America; Ford Motor Company, Sentry Auto Group and McGovern Auto Group of New England.