The SEMA High School Vehicle Build Program uniquely connects high school automotive shop classes with specialty-equipment manufacturers’ products to build one-of-a-kind customized vehicles. Funded by SEMA, this program offers students real-world, hands-on auto-tech skills while becoming engaged in the accessorization and customization lifestyle.
After receiving nearly 100 applications, five high school auto shop programs across the country were selected to participate in the 2019 program. Each school received a Jeep Wrangler TJ to customize for this semester-long build project. This accessorization project focused on suspension, wheels and tires, and interior and exterior accessories. With the guidance and instruction of their auto-shop instructors, students customized the vehicles using donated aftermarket products from partnering sponsor companies.
A number of PRO Member companies and volunteers supported the program through product donations or by visiting the schools to talk about the industry with the students.
PRO Member Program Sponsors
- Covercraft Industries
- Painless Performance Products
- QuietRide Solutions
- Steele Rubber Products Inc.
PRO Member Volunteers
- Carol Walsh, Southside Trim
- Jose Pichardo, Eastman Chemical Company
- Kevin Taddeo, Add On Auto
- Steven Sala, Eastman Chemical Company
The builds are wrapping up and will be auctioned off through program partner, Bring a Trailer starting July 15. Proceeds from the vehicle sales will fund the purchase of more vehicles to support another round of builds in the coming school year—making this a self-sustaining program. It’s SEMA’s vision that the expansion of this program will reach thousands of high school automotive shop class students nationwide.
Visit the vehicle build website to learn more about these vehicles and the program.