IGNITE: San Diego Automotive Museum Academy

This innovative program combines career exploration, independent research, and skill-building through project-based hands-on learning to prepare students for internships and other pathways towards successful careers in the automotive industry. The IGNITE program is ideal for students getting ready to enter high school through recent high school graduates and provides mentorship, guidance, and early career exposure and experience.   


Explore a wide variety of automotive career opportunities through field trips, hands-on demonstrations, and career readiness workshops.  


The IGNITE Summer Workshop is a multi-session deep dive featuring hands-on learning in basic tools, engine components and functions, shop protocols, safety and more!


Academy graduates will have the opportunity to connect with SDAM auto business partners for internships to help them grow!

If you're interested in joining, please fill out the interest form below. Questions can be sent by e-mail to Alejandra Rocha.

Would you like to join us in supporting our IGNITE students? Click here to donate to the Heinz Gietz Automotive Scholarship.

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