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Auto grads spend summer working in Yellowstone

26 June 2017

Pratt Community College automotive graduates are spending the summer working at Yellowstone National Park. Former students Arik Schmidt, Logan Mason and Cole Quaney graduated from the Automotive Technology program in May this year all with a job offer to begin May 17 for the Yellowstone park service stations (YPSS).

Established more than 65 years ago, YPSS is the only authorized service station concessioner operating in Yellowstone today. YPSS offers summer jobs working at their convenience store/fuel facilities and automotive towing/repair shops. Employees, like our PCC grads, live and work in the heart of Yellowstone Park receiving many perks and benefits.

“The program entails working on anything that comes through the door from motorcycles all the way to Class A motorhomes with an array of problems,” said Mason. “It also includes being able to run and operate the tow trucks at any given time during the day or night.”

Both Mason and Quaney say the best part of the job is running the tow truck.

“The best part to me is getting to drive the tow truck around the park and see all the sights,” said Quaney. “As well was getting to meet a lot of new people. I especially enjoy meeting people from places that I've never been to and hearing about what it's like.”

Quaney says that along with the variety of jobs to do in the shop he will be working on an entire engine swap as well.

The three grads learned about the program last Fall from Automotive Instructor, Greg Bacon. Graduates of the program have been participating in the YPSS summer program for many years.

The YPSS progam runs through October. After that Mason, Quaney and Schmidt will be returning to their homes to begin working at shops close by.
The Automotive Technology department at Pratt Community College works on an "experience the learning" concept and is fully certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The automotive technology students work in a shop environment with state of the art equipment they will find in the auto industry. Students have the opportunity to earn an occupational certificate or an Associate of Applied Science degree.  Students will also have the chance to participate in a race car project, car shows and several other activities. All these experiences prepare students to test to become ASE certified prior to graduation, enhancing the students' earning potential and career opportunities. For more information contact Greg Bacon at gregb@prattcc.edu.