On Saturday, May 18, 2019, Suncoast Technical Education Center’s (SunTech) automotive program hosted a car show called Car Mania.
On display were approximately 50 cars. There was food, a DJ, raffle, and an information tent about what the automotive program offers. Monster Transmission helped sponsor the event and Crystal Automotive brought a variety of cars to show.
This event was held as a way to show the public what the program has to offer. “We wanted to be able to expose people, such as students, young adults and parents to the automotive industry,” Sophia Watson supervisor of the adult and technical program said. The automotive program helps prepare you for jobs in the automotive mechanics' field. With this program, you will learn multiple skills. This program also offers certification and license for automotive service technicians.
The automotive program has a few requirements that students must meet prior to taking the course. For example, the basic skills grade levels for this program are Math 10, Language 9, and Reading 9. For completion of the automotive program, students must pass all of the required courses, attend at least 90 percent of the class hours and then they will be eligible for the class certificate of completion. These programs are fully accredited. The program is held four nights a week Monday through Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. for 66 weeks. The program bounces between two local high schools—Nature Coast and Central High School. Enrollment for the next class course begins on June 1, 2019, and the new term of classes will begin July 22, 2019.
Monster Transmission has been working with the automotive program since the school started the program. They have also hired many students from the automotive class. “Events like this help us spread the word about the program and give us the opportunity to explain what we do,” said Mike Rowshan human resources manager of Monster Transmission. He added, “We are always looking for new people.” He also said the program is a great way to expose young people to the industry and to give them an idea of something they may be interested in pursuing.