Photo by Aaron Ricca.
A few lucky Lee Williams High School students occasionally go to class covered in grease and oil.
That’s because they’re part of the school’s automotive classes, one of 17 Career Technical Education and Western Arizona Vocational Education/ Joint Technical Education District classes at the Kingman Unified School District high schools. As with welding, nursing and fire science programs, the kids have the potential to a productive start in the adult world. If students pass the introduction, intermediate and advanced automotive semester-long phases, they can get ASE Certified, a must-have qualification for mechanics and technicians.
Former Ford technician Jason Peeler has been teaching at LWHS for two years and has had six recent grads go to work as mechanics at local dealerships. The thought of them finding work at Chrysler Arizona Proving Grounds in Yucca has crossed his mind.
“I know a few people that work out there,” Peeler said. “They all seem to enjoy their job.”
He has 68 students between the three classes this semester. Freshmen through seniors can enroll in the elective class. They’ll learn everything from changing the oil to disassembling and reassembling an engine to full functionality.
“The students will spend a minimum of two days on every part we learn about,” Peeler said.
The vehicles, along with some of…
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