Automotive student Drake Loncaric (AT-278) is not a person to let an opportunity pass him by. He learned about OTC when he was in high school. He had already committed the next four years to the United States Marine Corps after graduation. “I put the OTC info in the back of my mind for what I would do after my military commitment,” says Loncaric. He started his OTC Automotive training 11 months ago and cannot believe how quickly the time has flown. “When I started last July, I remember people telling us how quickly the program would pass, and I thought it a tall tale. In looking back at almost a year since I started, I realize it was no hype.” Loncaric is one of many automotive and auto-diesel students taking advantage of additional manufacturer training provided by Audi Educational Partnership. “These are online classes we do on our own time outside of our regular training.” The videos run 2-3 minutes at a time, with a short quiz, another 2-3 minutes with a quiz and eventually at the end of the training series there is a test. Depending on the complexity of the subject matter the number of videos and their lengths vary. Students need to complete the videos within a series before they can move on. “I would estimate since last month, I’ve invested about 30-hours and I’m about 1/4 of the way through the entire online program.” Loncaric says many of the videos have helped him better understand past and current training as it is presented differently and things just click. “Just yesterday I watched a video on stepper motors. There was a short animation within the Audi video that made me instantly understand how they worked.” Loncaric plans to pursue a career with the Audi brand after his December graduation, and knows investing his time now will pay off for him in the future in getting him the job he wants.