History of the MOPAR® CAP Program

As the automobile continued to change and become more complex with the expanding use of electricity and electronic devices in the 1970s, Chrysler Corporation realized that the skill requirements to service technically advanced vehicles were also changing, so...

1984 – Chrysler selected five community colleges and universities nationwide to work with and the Chrysler Apprenticeship Program (CAP) was introduced at those schools. As the students began to graduate and dealers became aware of CAP, dealer demand for additional CAP colleges became apparent, resulting in the launch of additional CAP colleges nationwide.

1987 – Chrysler purchased American Motors, adding some 1,300+ dealers to the Chrysler dealer network. Throughout the 1990s, additional CAP colleges were launched to support dealer technician requirements.

1995 – CAP sponsored its first National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Top Alcohol Funny Car Race Team. With the demand for quality technicians high, Chrysler knew that with Bobby Martin’s solid racing record, his talents as a promoter and the exceptional rapport with fans, Bobby would be the perfect “vehicle” to spread the word to potential CAP students and dealerships of the value of CAP. Since that time, Bobby Martin/CAPAvenger has made hundreds of appearances, both on and off the track and Bobby has spoken to thousands of young people about career choices and what the automotive industry has to offer.

1998 – Daimler-Benz and Chrysler Corporation agree to combine their business. This transaction created a world-class automotive corporation ranked in the world’s top three in terms of revenues, market capitalization and earnings.

2000 – As the need for technicians has continued to increase, so has the number of CAP college locations nationwide. In 2000, the name of the program was changed to DaimlerChrysler College Automotive Program (CAP).

2007– Cerberus Capital Management purchased a majority of the Chrysler Group and a new Chrysler Corporation was formed, Chrysler LLC. Along with this change, CAP became known as the Chrysler College Automotive Program (CAP) with community colleges and universities across the country.

2009 – With help from unions, vendors, suppliers, dealers, governments and with a new affiliation with FIAT®, Chrysler Group LLC is back on solid ground and facing a bright and healthy future. Chrysler repaid all government loans, with interest, six years ahead of schedule and quickly returned to profitability with an innovative and popular vehicle lineup.

2011 – Name change to Mopar® College Automotive Program (MCAP).

2014 – Name change to Mopar® Career Automotive Program (MCAP).

As technology continues to change and technician skill requirements increase, the need for technically proficient technicians continues to grow. MOPAR CAP is an excellent way to receive the product knowledge and service skills required to work on today’s Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, SRT® and FIAT® vehicles.

2014 – Chrysler Group LLC Corporate name changed to FCA US LLC