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VW and Chattanooga St. expand VW Academy

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The dashboard of a Volkswagen Passat. The dashboard of a Volkswagen Passat.

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Just three years into the program Volkswagen Academy with Chattanooga State are making changes, or enhancements as they put it.

Instead of walking away with a technical diploma, graduates will now leave with an associates degree.

"We want our employees to build a career not to have a job," said Sebastian Patta, Volkswagen of Chattanooga VP of Human Resources.

Patta is picking up where Hans-Herbert Jagla left off; Patta will oversee the addition to the three year academy in conjunction with Chattanooga State.

Volkswagen is adding general education classes in science, technology, engineering, math and language arts. It's still a three year process; the difference is an upgrade from a technical diploma to an associates degree.

"You can never get too much education," said student Miranda Comstock.

Comstock is part of the academy's first graduating class in six months. After earning her technical diploma not only will she be on staff but she will take advantage of the new classes to earn her associates degree.

Dr. Jim Barrott with Chattanooga State says if Volkswagen keeps creating jobs, they'll find a way to fill the need.

"We make adaptation and changes to best meet the needs of business and industry."

Student Phillip Slocum said, "I was looking to build some skills and develop that into a career. I know that Volkswagen is here to stay, that's what I needed and was looking for."

If that's what you're looking for visit their website. 

The first semester starts in May. The deadline to apply is April 30; you need to be college ready, having scored at least a 19 on your ACT.

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