As always our Auto Shop program is flourishing. This week the students had the opportunity to remove the transmission and engine from a vehicle.
“I just had the best hour of my year,” stated Superintendent Peter Livingston. “I went and visited our auto shop today at Lucerne Valley High School, had the kids and our teacher lift my Subaru Outback up to check a rattling noise, and had our amazing kids and teacher weld my muffler back into place! I drove away with no rattling!”
The class taught by longtime automotive repair professional Robert MacDonald is one of the school’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) classes, which teach skills-based careers to students. He prepares the Lucerne Valley students for potential careers as automotive technicians, service advisors or managers, or other related jobs in the automotive industry. Students are working collaboratively in a team environment with a specific task to manage the day-to-day operations of an automotive service repair facility. They focus on mastering Vehicle Maintenance & Service, and are learning the technical and academic skills needed to attain high-skilled, high-demand careers in automotive service.
“Does CTE matter?” Mr. Livingston asks rhetorically. “You bet it does. These kids were totally engaged, in person, and enjoying school. I watched them take care of my car, work on all aspects of it, and be happily engaged. You can't beat hands on activities like this!”
The Lucerne Valley students are removing the drive shaft to get to the transmission and engine.