On April 5, Vol State logistics Students Gary Bickle and Jeff Hartmann traveled 412 miles round trip with APSU graduate Student Beverly Wilson and Vol State Professor George Wilson to the Volkswagen Academy in Chattanooga. Director Edward Collins showed the training facilities that prepared Volkswagen employees for the safety, welding, robotics, mechanical, electronics, hydraulics, pneumatics, and computer technologies used in the adjacent Volkswagen Assembly Plant. Up next, an Assembly Plant tour in July after Jeff and George return from TnCIS China 2012 (where they will tour Volkswagen's Shanghai factory). Both the Shanghai factory and the Chattanooga factory produce the Volkswagen Passat.
Volkswagen Academy was developed by Volkswagen in partnership with Chattanooga State Community College and Tennessee Technological University.