Automotive students at Career Pathways Institute get hands-on experience

Automotive students at Career Pathways get hands-on experience
Published: Nov. 10, 2021 at 8:34 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Students involved in the automotive program in the technical science academy at Career Pathways Institute learn all about cars — and it’s not only taught by lessons in a typical classroom setting, students are able to get hands-on experience in an in-house car repair shop. These students work on cars people bring in for maintenance.

This year, 45 students joined the automotive program to expand their knowledge on cars and start working towards their potential future careers.

Spencer Trout, automotive teacher for GIPS Career Pathways Institute, said this experience also provided students the opportunity to practice even outside of the institute.

“We got the registered apprenticeship program through us and its a really good opportunity for these kids to go out and get some real world experience before they graduate high school,” Trout said.

Ramadan Ahmed, one of the automotive students involved with the apprenticeship, said, what he was doing at the Career Pathways was helping him while out in the field.

“A lot of stuff that I learn here, when I go to Anderson Ford, like, it’s a lot … easier for me because a lot of the stuff I learn here, once I go to work, like, it’s easy for me to do stuff and work with people than others,” Ahmed said.

He added, he used to live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma prior to living in Grand Island, and after the move, he was surprised by the automotive program, saying he had never heard of anything like it before.

Automotive students meet every other day in three-hour increments to learn using tools, lifts, how to read service manuals and practice safety protocols while working in the Career Pathway shop.

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