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WFISD Career Education Center (CEC) is a state-of-the-art facility that prides itself in thinking outside of the box. Their automotive program has created partnerships and opportunities with their local community to produce students that are ready for the workforce and/or higher education. The CEC has both an automotive technology and collision program bosting over 100 students. These students are preparing for ASE certifications and range from 10th -12th grade with a variety of backgrounds and interest in the auto field.

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January 2020

1999 Jeep Wrangler Delivered to Wichita Falls Career Education Center Auto Shop

 

 

Wichita Falls Career Education Center, located in Wichita Falls, TX is partnering with the Specialty Equipment Market Association for their high school vehicle build program. Students of the high school auto tech program will be customizing a 1999 Jeep Wrangler TJ before the end of the 2020 school year.

The program, aimed to provide an educational, hands on experience while introducing high school students to the customization hobby has generated interest and support from the industry. Many companies have raised their hands to support the builds through product donations. Wichita Falls Career Education Center's sponsors are listed below.

 

SPONSORS - Wichita Falls Career Education Center

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January 2020

2004 Jeep Wrangler Delivered to McGavock High School Auto Shop

 

 

McGavock High School, located in Nashville, TN is partnering with the Specialty Equipment Market Association for their high school vehicle build program. Students of the high school auto tech program will be customizing a 2004 Jeep Wrangler TJ before the end of the 2020 school year.

The program, aimed to provide an educational, hands on experience while introducing high school students to the customization hobby has generated interest and support from the industry. Many companies have raised their hands to support the builds through product donations. McGavock High School's sponsors are listed below.

 

 

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The McGavock High School Automotive Diesel program is a nationally certified, three-year program that actively prepares students for the high stakes automotive field in both post-secondary education and the work force. As the only auto diesel program in the state of Tennessee and an integral part of the school's Academy of Aviation and Transportation and as Metro Nashville Public Schools' reigning Academy of the Year, the program provides students in grades 10 through 12 with a strong foundation in the repair, maintenance, and customization of a wide variety of automobiles.

Students in McGavock's Auto Diesel program have received numerous scholarships and admittance into prestigious programs, including Wirtgen America's R-BEST training program, and formed an engine building team as well. The program combines classroom instruction with hands-on training to provide our students with the knowledge and skills to achieve great success in the automotive field.

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January 2020

1997 Toyota 4Runner Delivered to John Hersey High School Auto Shop

 

 

John Hersey High School, located in Arlington Heights, IL is partnering with the Specialty Equipment Market Association for their high school vehicle build program. Students of the high school auto tech program will be customizing a 1997 3rd Gen Toyota 4Runner before the end of the 2020 school year.

The program, aimed to provide an educational, hands on experience while introducing high school students to the customization hobby has generated interest and support from the industry. Many companies have raised their hands to support the builds through product donations. John Hersey High School's sponsors are listed below.

 

 

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Automotive Technology at John Hersey High School is an ASE Education Foundation Certified program that provides training to over 125 students annually in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Students learn everything from basic automotive knowledge to advanced diagnostics throughout the 4 years offered at Hersey, typically culminating in a large fabrication and customization build.

Preparing students for their next stage in life is the program's goal, whether that means going into the industry or being an informed automotive consumer/hobbyist. Students have the opportunity to earn over 10 industry certifications before graduation as well as dual credit in Automotive Technology though a local community college.

SPONSORS - John Hersey High School

 

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January 2020

1997 Toyota 4Runner Delivered to Comstock High School Auto Shop

 

 

Comstock High School, located in Kalamazoo, MI is a returning partner of the Specialty Equipment Market Association for their high school vehicle build program. Students of the high school auto tech program will be customizing a 1997 3rd Gen Toyota 4Runner before the end of the 2020 school year.

The program, aimed to provide an educational, hands on experience while introducing high school students to the customization hobby has generated interest and support from the industry. Many companies have raised their hands to support the builds through product donations. Comstock High School's sponsors are listed below.

 

 

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The Comstock Automotive Technology program is a 2.5-year class held at Comstock High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The program consists of three courses and teaches ASE Education Foundation standards to instill skills such as fundamentals of automotive service; maintenance; and repair, including engine repair, fuel systems, electrical, electronics, steering, suspension and braking systems.

The auto shop program is part of an education consortium called Education for Employment (EFE) where they are able to invite students from other local high schools into their program. There are typically 90-100 students from grades 9-12 each year who participate in the auto tech program.

Comstock High School students will be building a 1997 Toyota 4Runner as part of the 2020-2021 SEMA High School Vehicle Build. The Jeep will be sold at the end of the school year and proceeds will go towards funding another vehicle build for the school.

SPONSORS - Comstock High School

 
 
 
 

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January 2020

Career Center and SEMA Collaborate

 

 

Written by Morghyn Frederick

Automotive Technology Student Career Center High School

Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has recently added Career Center High School (as well as a couple other schools) to their list of schools in 2019. Those schools include, Career Center High School in Winston-Salem, NC, Comstock High School in Kalamazoo, MI, John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, IL, McGavock High School in Nashville, TN, Mon Valley Career and Technology Center in Charleroi, PA, Omaha Public Schools Career Center in Omaha, NE, R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton, TX, Santa Fe ECO in Santa Fe, NM, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School In Santa Ynez, CA, Wichita Falls Career Education Center in Wichita Falls, TX.

Now that we are part of the High School Vehicle Build Program, they sent us a 2001 Jeep Wrangler with a little more than 70,000 miles on it for us to "supe-up" and design as we please. I think I speak for every automotive class at Career Center when I say that we are excited to work on this Jeep.

SEMA's High School Build Program is a relatively new one. Since it began three years ago in 2017, it has expanded from only one participating school to adding 10 additional just this year alone! "The program aims to engage students in the customization lifestyle and introduce them to a career path within the automotive aftermarket industry..," according to SEMA's recent article.

SEMA's Youth Engagement Program Manager, Katie Hurst, claims that the program gives students applicable skill sets, real-world knowledge as well as a sense of community.

Over the course of his semester, students will gain hands-on-experience with entire vehicles and the aftermarket industry by exploring important skill sets such as installation, body-styling, and, of course, team building.

I can say that I am excited to both work on a one-of-a-kind vehicle as well as getting closer to my classmates. Automotive Technology has introduced to me a whole new aspect of engineering and brought me together with so many different people, and I am proud to call them my friends.

As one of the few females in the automotive classes, I was initially super nervous about going into a predominantly male industry. However, if it wasn't for the support of the teachers and my friends, I'm convinced I wouldn't be working as hard as I am right now.

This automotive class and SEMA program collaboration not only makes room for new career paths but also makes room for a second family.

 

 

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Since 1976 Career Center High School has served as an extension of the traditional high school programs offered in the local area. Students maintain their affiliation with their home high schools while completing Career Center courses. Career Center offers a challenging academic environment and unique learning opportunities where students may choose to participate in Advanced Placement, Career Technical, Regular Curriculum and some specialty courses.

The Automotive Technology Department at Career Center offers a two-year program that can be completed over 4 semesters which includes: Introduction to Automotive Service, Automotive Service I, Automotive Service II, and Automotive Service III. The program is comprised of service and safety, engine repair, automatic transmission and transaxles, manual drivetrain and axles, suspension and steering, HVAC, and engine performance. This includes advanced knowledge and skills in vehicle system repair and replacement of components in the brake, electrical systems, drivetrain, engine, HVAC, and the steering and suspension system.

While in the automotive technology program, students learn advanced automotive skills in vehicle servicing, testing, repair, and diagnosis of brakes, electrical systems, drivetrain, engine, HVAC and steering and suspension systems with an emphasizes in hands-on experience. Career Center High School is ASE Education Foundation Accredited (NATEF) in Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR). The program is comprised of four instructors and a diverse selection of 150 to 200+ students per year. Anywhere from 50 to 75 percent of the students go on to work in the Automotive Industry.

SPONSORS - Career Center High School