Teaching students skills they can use in the workforce and in their lives.
W-t-v-a's kayla thompson joins us with more on the collision repair program at tupelo high school.
--nats of buffing-- "it's a goal every day."
Kolton hudson is tupelo high school senior...taking part in the collision repair program... "my grandfather is a mechanic and i kind of wanted to do it because i like to do hands on activities."
And this program is full of hands on activities... (nats of spraying the car) kolton and other students have an opportunity to learn a range of things in two years... "how to tell if body work needs to be done with the car.
I learned how to sand.
I learned how to work in the shop and have good work ethic.
" although students have lots of fun with interactive projects...instructor derek bradley says they hit the brakes to hit the books... "you can't learn what's new out there if you don't study and don't get in the books and research.
So, we do a lot of book work and a lot of research in the classroom and then you get to come to the shop and apply it."
Right now, students are getting ready to roll out a pink oldsmobile for a competition... -stand up- and cars aren't the only thing they focus on in the collision repair class...they also focus on making a difference in the community and one of those ways is by using bikes... "if it's got wheels, we're going to try and fix it."
The class has created an initiative called sharing at christmas... "throughout the year we asked neighborhoods and people on social media to bring bikes and we're going to fix them up and at christmas time we're going to give bikes away to kids or anyone who would like to have them.to see the smiles on those people's faces is amazing."
Instructor bradley says his goal is to teach students like kolton that just like they have the power to change a car...they can change the world... the class will have a car show this saturday at the high school and it's