For Immediate Release: September 10, 2012
Contact: Katie Grilli-Robles, Press Secretary (516) 571-4225
Automotive Museum Provides Alternative Career Opportunities in

Mineola, NY – With the new school year just getting underway, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano is encouraging students to consider a unique and rewarding career at the County’s new Automotive Teaching Museum.
The Autoseum, which is located at 100 County Seat Drive in Mineola, is scheduled to open its doors to students beginning October 1st, with Auto Customization Fundamentals. The 20-session class, which includes 60 hours of instruction, is held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and costs $990. In addition, Auto Customization Paint, an elective course, starts October 2nd, and meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The 10 sessions include 30 hours of training for $640.
County Executive Mangano stated, “The Autoseum is an innovative concept that offers those who may not be interested in attending college, an opportunity to learn a trade. Students will learn to build the cars of the future from expert automakers. This one-of-a-kind educational museum is a model for other unique business enterprises and the type of creative endeavor that Nassau hopes to continue to attract.”
The concept for Autoseum was developed by its President/Director Mike Manning and Vice President/Director Andy Perillo two years ago after hosting a Hollywood Stars Car Show at the Cradle of Aviation Museum at the invitation of County Executive Mangano. The Autoseum is partnering with
BOCES on the educational program.
A permanent display of the famous automobiles, designed by George Barris, the “King of Kustomizers” and automaker to the stars, includes one of the original Batmobiles, the Aston Martin DB5 made famous in the James Bond movies and the Drag-U-La from TV’s Munsters. Revolving exhibit spaces also showcase the work of other designers from Long Island and across the nation.
The Autoseum features a fully functional auto body shop, as well as classes and workshops demonstrating highly specialized equipment and techniques to students. The garage offers hands-on experience by employing a rotating staff of interns and apprentices from schools and colleges across Long Island. Group visits and school trips can be arranged by appointment.
The King of Kustomizers, George Barris, will be visiting the Autoseum to kick off the start of classes on Saturday, September 29th, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. A Meet and Greet is planned from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday only. For more information on the Meet and Greet, please visit or call (516) 571-1894