CCISD Students Bound for Automotive Technology Internships with Area Dealers

CCISD Students Bound for Automotive Technology Internships with Area Dealers
Posted on 04/18/2019
Auto Tech SigningClear Creek ISD Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs have long provided students with a path towards post-secondary success. On April 16, 2019, six students moved a little further down that path as they signed official Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation Internship agreements with several automotive dealerships in the local area.

Click here to view photos from the Internship Signing ceremony.

Six students will be placed in internships beginning this summer: Garrett Wilson, Clear Falls High School; Darian Korpus, Clear Springs High School; Justin Guidos, Clear Creek High School; Logan Brown, Clear Springs High School; and William Haire, Clear Springs High School; and Jaron Lindh from Clear Springs High School. Participating dealership partners are Ron Carter Ford, Ron Carter GM, McRee Ford and Norman Frede Chevrolet.

The agreement specifies the responsibilities of the student, instructor, mentor and parent of the intern and all parties sign the documents.

The internship experience is the culmination of the automotive technology program curriculum in CCISD. Students in the Automotive Technology I course begin by exploring automotive technician careers, technical skills, safety, and experience hands-on training in computer diagnostic programs, automotive tools and equipment. Moving into the Automotive Technology II course, students receive in-depth instruction in electrical/electronic systems, suspension/ steering, brakes and engine performance. Students take the ASE certification exams in up to 10 areas. In the Practicum in Transportation Systems, students participate in either a paid or unpaid internship in an automotive repair facility where they shadow a lead mentor and learn alongside industry professionals.

Automotive Technology is a CTE Specialty Program, led by instructor, Mike Hedger, is housed at Clear Springs High School. However, students from other CCISD high schools may apply for the program and take the Automotive Technology classes at Clear Springs while attending their home campus for their other coursework.

“In my 11 years here with the help and support of CCISD and industry partners here tonight, we are truly changing lives of students, especially those trying to find their fit and what they want to do in life,” said Hedger. “With all this support, we have helped more than 40 students intern and countless more move into the industry after graduation.”

At the signing ceremony, students and mentors who just completed their year-long internships were also recognized: Zach Little, Clear Springs High School, with Ron Carter Dodge Alvin; Jacob Smith, Clear Springs High School with McRee Ford; Nicolas Mejia, Clear Creek High School with Ron Carter GM; Darren Tull, Clear Falls High School with Norman Frede Chevrolet. Mejia was also named the Automotive Technology Outstanding Student of the Year.
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