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Full Circle Auto Repair & Training

Full circle is an employer driven, paid internship, social enterprise program designed to provide auto mechanic training to individuals with multiple barriers to employment including many who have recently been released from prison.

Full Circle Interns, 

A NATIONAL ISSUE

A 2018 Bureau of Justice study found out of 401,288 individuals released from prison in 30 states, more than 83% were re-arrested an average of six times during the study period. That rate in Maryland is roughly 40%, at an average cost of $46,000 per person annually according to The Baltimore Sun. In Michigan, the average incarceration cost per individual is $36,106 as of 2017. And as reported by Detroit Free Press, prison
population costs continue to rise.

FULL CIRCLE TRAINING PROGRAM’S SOLUTION

Launched in 2015, the Full Circle training program has seen unprecedented success:

OUR IMPACT

For many men and women, reentry is a time of anxiety. Who will give me a second chance? How can I gain meaningful employment? Full Circle Auto Repair & Training Center trains returning citizens to become skilled auto mechanics and ensures reentry is a time of SUCCESS, empowerment and support.

Our interns receive Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) classroom training as well as hands-on training under the supervision of certified master mechanics. At the completion of their internship, 100% of our program graduates are immediately hired within the automotive industry.

Our graduates have gone on to work as auto technicians and diesel mechanics in dealerships, national chains and independent auto repair shops. In addition, some of our interns pursue careers in service and sales. We have also entered a partnership with the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA). This partnership will enable interns to test and qualify to work on the MTA’s fleet of buses.

OUR PROCESS

At Full Circle, we understand the importance of on-boarding and choosing “the right person for the job.” We want interns to be passionate about their work – all applicants are interviewed to ensure our program is the right fit for their career goals. We also believe having a support system is critical to success; each intern is paired with a mentor to guide them every step of the way. This process begins during incarceration; interns receive an hourly stipend while receiving high-quality training to set each individual up for success during reentry. By following these steps, our program has eliminated recidivism and restored futures.

MEET THE MASTER MECHANIC!

Wayne T. Farrar – Master Automobile Technician & Maryland State Certified Inspector

– Areas of Demonstrated Achievement

  • Engine Repair
  • Manual Drive Train and Axles
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Brakes
  • Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Engine Performance
  • Authorized to: conduct inspections, sign Certificates of Inspection, and certify Safety Equipment Repair Orders

WANT TO JOIN THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM?

If you’re interested in applying for our automotive internship program, please email jharris@vehiclesforchange.org or call (410) 242-2698 for more information.

Vehicles for Change
Attn: Janay Harris
4111 Washington Boulevard
Halethorpe, MD 21017

Find out about Vehicles for Change’s auto repair shop, Full Circle Auto Repair & Training Center.

Full Circle Auto Repair & Training

Full circle is an employer driven, paid internship, social enterprise program designed to provide auto mechanic training to individuals with multiple barriers to employment including many who have recently been released from prison.

Full Circle Interns, 

A NATIONAL ISSUE

A 2018 Bureau of Justice study found out of 401,288 individuals released from prison in 30 states, more than 83% were re-arrested an average of six times during the study period. That rate in Maryland is roughly 40%, at an average cost of $46,000 per person annually according to The Baltimore Sun. In Michigan, the average incarceration cost per individual is $36,106 as of 2017. And as reported by Detroit Free Press, prison
population costs continue to rise.

FULL CIRCLE TRAINING PROGRAM’S SOLUTION

Launched in 2015, the Full Circle training program has seen unprecedented success:

OUR IMPACT

For many men and women, reentry is a time of anxiety. Who will give me a second chance? How can I gain meaningful employment? Full Circle Auto Repair & Training Center trains returning citizens to become skilled auto mechanics and ensures reentry is a time of SUCCESS, empowerment and support.

Our interns receive Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) classroom training as well as hands-on training under the supervision of certified master mechanics. At the completion of their internship, 100% of our program graduates are immediately hired within the automotive industry.

Our graduates have gone on to work as auto technicians and diesel mechanics in dealerships, national chains and independent auto repair shops. In addition, some of our interns pursue careers in service and sales. We have also entered a partnership with the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA). This partnership will enable interns to test and qualify to work on the MTA’s fleet of buses.

OUR PROCESS

At Full Circle, we understand the importance of on-boarding and choosing “the right person for the job.” We want interns to be passionate about their work – all applicants are interviewed to ensure our program is the right fit for their career goals. We also believe having a support system is critical to success; each intern is paired with a mentor to guide them every step of the way. This process begins during incarceration; interns receive an hourly stipend while receiving high-quality training to set each individual up for success during reentry. By following these steps, our program has eliminated recidivism and restored futures.

MEET THE MASTER MECHANIC!

Wayne T. Farrar – Master Automobile Technician & Maryland State Certified Inspector

– Areas of Demonstrated Achievement

  • Engine Repair
  • Manual Drive Train and Axles
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Brakes
  • Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Engine Performance
  • Authorized to: conduct inspections, sign Certificates of Inspection, and certify Safety Equipment Repair Orders

WANT TO JOIN THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM?

If you’re interested in applying for our automotive internship program, please email jharris@vehiclesforchange.org or call (410) 242-2698 for more information.

Vehicles for Change
Attn: Janay Harris
4111 Washington Boulevard
Halethorpe, MD 21017

Find out about Vehicles for Change’s auto repair shop, Full Circle Auto Repair & Training Center.

Full Circle Intern Admissions

The following is required for admission into the Full Circle Auto Repair & Training Center: 

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Ability to obtain a driver’s license
  • Basic automotive mechanical knowledge
  • Ability to get to Vehicles for Change’s location by 7 am Monday through Friday.

WANT TO JOIN THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM?

If you’re interested in applying for our automotive internship program, you can download an application here. Fill out the required information and send it to Janay Harris at Vehicles for Change (see the address below). You can also email jharris@vehiclesforchange.org or call (410) 242-9674 for more information.

Vehicles for Change
4111 Washington Boulevard
Halethorpe, MD 21227

Find out about Vehicles for Change’s auto repair shop,
Full Circle Auto Repair & Training Center.

Full Circle in the Washington Post

Vehicles for Change and its Full Circle Auto Repair & Training Center re-entry program were recently featured in The Washington Post.

The story highlights one of Full Circle’s graduates, Sean Howard. After 21 years behind bars, Sean is now self-sufficient in the automotive industry and can provide for he and his family via legal means. Read more about Sean HERE.

Are you inspired by Sean and his story? We need YOUR help to continue helping amazing people like Sean. You can:

Have questions or other ways you’re interested to get involved? Contact us today! We can be reached by phone at 410-242-9674 or email, info@vehiclesforchange.org.

Full Circle Graduates for Hire

Interested in hiring one of our interns? Contact our Director of Training Janay Harris at (410) 242-9674 or email jharris@vehiclesforchange.org.