Cooper Standard’s NASCAR Race Truck Comes to Macomb Community College, Salutes Veterans in Manufacturing
WASHINGTON, 08/25/16 - Students and visitors to Macomb Community College today saw something new on the South Campus: a Ford F-150 race truck and driver Tyler Reddick. The car and driver will race at the Michigan International Speedway in the Careers for Veterans 200 on August 27. For the second year in a row, the Cooper Standard Foundation will donate a portion of its fundraising efforts associated with the race to aid veterans in manufacturing training programs at Macomb.
When Reddick takes the wheel of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, it is to salute the contribution of veterans and also raises awareness of the high-demand jobs in manufacturing. Veterans attending Macomb Community College have access to fast-track training in a range of manufacturing programs, including welding, manufacturing technology, machining, robotics, and mechatronics, that are linked to more than 600 employers in southeast Michigan. Funding from the Cooper Standard Foundation provides assistance for veterans in these manufacturing-related programs with transition services, retention support and employment search.
The Careers for Veterans 200 Race, presented by the Cooper Standard Foundation and Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation, honors veterans by showcasing the importance of hiring military veterans entering the civilian workforce. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway was named Careers for Veterans 200 to spread the message of hiring veterans into the workforce. As the title sponsor, the race at Michigan International Speedway allows Cooper Standard the opportunity to promote its Careers for Veterans Program on a state and nationwide basis and brings attention to hiring and training veterans.