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May 5, 2022 Nashville, Tenn.

Bridgestone Honors Top Maplewood High School Automotive Training Center Students at Special Ceremony

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  • High school students preparing for careers in the automotive service industry were recognized and awarded for their achievements.
  • The Automotive Training Center at the Maplewood Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation was developed in 2015 by Bridgestone and Metro Nashville Public Schools in response to a nationwide shortage of automotive technicians.
  • Bridgestone has committed to contributing to a society that ensures accessibility and dignity for all, aligning with the “Empowerment” value of the Bridgestone E8 Commitment.

Bridgestone Retail Operations (Bridgestone), a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas, welcomed this year’s top ten Maplewood High School Automotive Training Center students and their families to the Bridgestone Tower on Thursday, May 5 for an awards ceremony, tour and luncheon to celebrate their achievements as they continue their journey to becoming automotive service professionals.

The program’s top three students received professional technician toolkits, and one student was offered a position as a part-time employee at a local Firestone Complete Auto Care store. Students who recently completed their ASE certification training were also recognized.

“Now more than ever, the automotive industry needs skilled professionals to help care for customers and deliver trusted service,” said Marko Ibrahim, President, Bridgestone Retail Operations. “These students represent a bright future for our industry. We are proud to celebrate their successes and look forward to the contributions they will make in the Nashville community and beyond.”

The awards ceremony featured remarks from Bridgestone leadership, including Gabriel Asbun, Group President, Integrated Businesses, Ibrahim, as well as Maplewood High School Automotive Training Center instructor Twjuana “TJ” Williams.

“This exciting event represents an impressive milestone for the relationship between Bridgestone and Maplewood High School, which provides real-life educational opportunities for Nashville youth,” said Williams. “Bridgestone’s ongoing support is vital to the success of our program, and we are grateful for the continued contributions that enable our students to develop successful careers.”


The Automotive Training Center at the Maplewood Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation was developed in 2015 by Bridgestone and Metro Nashville Public Schools in response to a nationwide shortage of automotive technicians. The four-year program utilizes an onsite, fully functioning Firestone Complete Auto Care store and gives students the opportunity to interact with customers and practice the skills they’ve learned in the classroom. More than 130 students have graduated from the program, and dozens of students have accepted positions working at Nashville-area Firestone Complete Auto Care stores.

Bridgestone’s support of the Maplewood High School Automotive Training Center aligns with the Bridgestone E8 Commitment that consists of eight Bridgestone-like values starting with the letter “E” (Energy, Ecology, Efficiency, Extension, Economy, Emotion, Ease, and Empowerment) to realize a sustainable society. This program aligns with the company’s “Empowerment” commitment.

Bridgestone is proud to celebrate the achievements of the top Maplewood High School students. We look forward to their continued success in the automotive industry.

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About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is the U.S.-based subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, a global leader in tires and rubber, building on its expertise to provide solutions for safe and sustainable mobility. Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., Bridgestone Americas employs more than 50,000 people across its worldwide operations. Bridgestone offers a diverse product portfolio of premium tires and advanced solutions backed by innovative technologies, improving the way people around the world move, live, work and play.

About Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC:

Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC (BSRO) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. and operates the largest network of company-owned automotive service providers in the world — more than 2,200 tire and vehicle service centers across the United States — including Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, Hibdon Tires Plus and Wheel Works store locations. Credit First National Association and Firestone Complete Fleet Care operations are also part of BSRO. BSRO is a member of the Bridgestone Americas family of companies.

About Metro Nashville Public Schools:

Metro Nashville Public Schools is one of the nation’s 50 largest school districts, preparing students for higher education, work, and life. With the goal of being the first choice for Nashville families, Metro Schools is committed to the mission of delivering a great public education to every student, every day. For more information, visit, and follow us on Twitter @MetroSchools and on Facebook and Instagram /MetroSchools. 


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