The students from high schools of the West-Linn Wilsonville School District spent three months participating in after-school automotive classes taught by Clackamas Community College teachers. They used the highest class equipment while receiving instructions from professionals while studying cars.
The classes are unique for Oregon and at first there were doubts if the students would be interested in automotive classes. But the feedback turned out to be great. The students participating in classes were genuinely interested and 21 or 23 of them are looking forward to continue studying cars in the second and third parts of the series until the end of the school year.
The classes took part in the World of Speed Museum in Wilsonville. By giving students this opportunity to take part in free automotive classes, the sponsors hope to raise young people’s interest in a technician’s career. The students are given school and community college credits for participating.
The second term of the program started on Dec. 7, so the students are at the classrooms again continuing to study cars. There is a great chance the program will be expanded for schools from other districts. The sponsors also hope to add higher level classes to make the program even fuller.