Last week, one of the namesakes of the Alex Xydias and Pete Chapouris Center for Automotive Arts (AXC), Alex, celebrated his 100th Birthday at the NHRA Motorsports Museum. Mr. Xydias is a renowned hot rod legend and award-winning figure in the automotive customizing industry.
In 2012, The Learning Centers at Fairplex began an automotive program through their Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC), named the Alex Xydias and Peter Chapouris Center for Automotive Arts (AXC) with the purpose of providing young individuals with an opportunity to develop skills for a viable career in the auto industry. This two-year automotive program allows students to gain the necessary confidence and hands-on experience needed to enter the automotive industry. Additionally, students work with industry-certified automotive technicians and have the opportunity to take and receive National Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certifications that can help them acquire entry-level jobs in the automotive or specialty shop industry.