Tyler Weiland
January 5, 2017
Photos By: NTTC

Carroll Shelby committed funds to the Northeast Texas Community College (NTCC, Mt. Pleasant, TX) to start the Carroll Shelby Technology Automotive Program in 2007. Carroll wanted to create a program that taught young adults a viable skillset in the automotive field.

The Carroll Shelby Automotive Technology Program at NTTC is an intensive, hands-on program designed to train highly qualified mechanics to enter the workforce immediately following graduation. Upon board approval of the contract, The Carroll Shelby Automotive Technology Program will be housed in NTCC's automotive facility, to be renamed the Carroll Shelby Automotive Technology Center. In the initial agreement, Shelby Automobiles, Inc. would contribute a minimum gift of $525,000 over a seven-year period. These funds were to be designated for student scholarships and the support of the automotive program. Currently the Carroll Shelby Foundation continues to provide much needed funds to the program and ensures that scholarships and class materials are provided as necessary.

Carroll Shelby himself cut the ribbon at the opening of the school back in 2007.

Certified by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), the program will offer a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree, as well as a one-year Automotive Technician Certificate. In addition to the credit program, the program also includes various continuing education opportunities for community members. Other future projects could also include the creation of a Shelby Automobiles, Inc. modification center, a test track, and a Carroll Shelby memorabilia museum on the NTCC campus.

Currently, the curriculum of the program includes real-life experience as students work to build an automobile in their last semester. The goal is for the cars created in the program to be auctioned with all proceeds of the sale being used to help sustain the program.

The only automotive technology program to bear the renowned Shelby name, students and instructors are proud to be associated with one of the winningest automotive manufacturers in history.

Carroll’s grandson Aaron Shelby (now a board member of Carroll Shelby International) visited the school in 2016 and even brought along his grandfather’s trophy from winning the 24 Hours of LeMans in 1959 (driving an Aston Martin).

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