“The kids at the mechanic shop were excited when they delivered our 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada,” said Scott Williams, coordinator of the Career Technical Education and ROP program at AHS. “The kids can’t wait to get their hands dirty with the car.”
Williams, who has been with the Victor Valley Union High School District for 22 years, said the program trains and equips students to get jobs in the automotive industry.
Currently, the program has about 200 students working in the automobile and the auto collision repair programs with the goal of working toward a NATEF (National Automotive Training Education Foundation) certification.
“Our kids will start trouble shooting the car with teacher Dave Mendoza,” Williams said. “And because we have a new campus, everything is state-of-the-art in our auto shop.”
Williams said the vehicle was donated from the San Bernardino County Department of Probation via Victorville Motors. “We do a lot of work with the probation department and the schools with our ‘It's a Gas to Go to Class’ program,” said Billy Mack of Victorville Motors. “I hope Adelanto High enjoys the car. It’s all about helping the community and our kids.”
In September, the dealership began its fourth year of the “It’s a Gas to Go to Class” program, which motivates high school students to stay in class for the chance to win a 2015 Dodge Dart. One teacher with perfect attendance will also have a chance to win a 2015 Jeep Cherokee.
Last year 1,536 students were eligible to win, an increase of more than 1,300 students from 2010-11, when the contest began.
Autobody News received permission from Rene Ray De La Cruz of Victorville Daily Press to reprint this article.