Auto shop students from schools around the U.S. are making final customizations to their Jeep Wrangler TJs and 3rd Gen Toyota 4Runners as part of the SEMA High School Vehicle Build Program.
The program, which was put hold in 2020 due to COVID-19 mandated school closures, uniquely connects high school automotive shop classes with specialty-equipment manufacturers' products to build one-of-a-kind customized vehicles. Students have now resumed working on their vehicles, which will be auctioned off later this year.
The 10 participating high schools are:
- Career Center Highschool, Winston Salem, NC
- Comstock Highschool, Kalamazoo, MI
- John Hersey High School, Arlington Heights, IL
- McGavock High School, Nashville, TN
- Mon Valley Career & Technology High School, Charleroi, PA
- Omaha Public Schools Career Center, Omaha, NE
- R.L. Turner High School, Carrollton, TX
- Santa Fe ECO, Santa Fe, NM
- Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Santa Ynez, CA
- Wichita Falls Career Education Center, Wichita Falls, TX
Through the program, students are exposed to real-world, hands-on auto-tech skills while becoming engaged in the accessorization and customization lifestyle. The hands-on-learning opportunity will expose hundreds of students to the $50.9 billion automotive specialty equipment industry.