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Hands-On Learning in THS Auto Tech Program Involves Community

The auto shop is accepting vehicles from the public.

Turner High School automotive technology teacher Elijha Sanger did not initially set out to be an educator. After spending eight years in the United States Army as a mechanic and then working for diesel truck companies, he studied at the Universal Technical Institute, earning him certifications in automotive technology.

This is his second year as the automotive technology teacher, and in that short amount of time, he has made great strides with the program, including opening up the shop to vehicles from members of the public.

“I believe that learning from a book can only take students so far. By having real vehicles with real problems come into our shop, our students will be ready for what they will experience on the job,” he shared. “Also, who doesn't like discounted auto work?”

Because they do not charge for labor, the auto shop is able to offer lower rates, and more importantly, all revenue made goes back to the shop and the purchasing of equipment and materials.

In the automotive technology pathway at Turner High School, which is just one of many Career and Technical Education pathways offered at the school, students can take General Service 1, 2, and 3. “We go over the basics of car ownership and fundamentals in General Service 1, and then in 2 and 3 we take that knowledge and do hands-on work with customers vehicles,” said Sanger.

The shop can perform a variety of services. Individuals interested can fill out the auto shop inquiry form at www.TurnerUSD202.org/auto