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PCC automotive provides south-central automotive training center new equipment for high school student training

31 January 2020

Pratt Community College’s South-Central Career Pathways Center (SCCPC) has added new equipment for high school students to get hands-on training. In Fall 2019, the newest addition to the PCC Automotive Program, SCCPC, welcomed their first crop of area high school students from Medicine Lodge, Chaparral and Attica. Twelve students, juniors and seniors, started the program which offered first semester courses of Brakes I and Suspension and Steering I.
 
As the second semester of the program at the SCCPC started students began learning skills in Automotive Electrical I and Engine Performance I as well as gaining new equipment to the shop located in Attica, Kan. Daryl Lucas, PCC Automotive Instructor at the main campus says that the addition of equipment to the SCCPC is to provide students with industry level training.

“PCC is committed to providing professional training with equipment that is actually used in the industry,” said Lucas. “The SCCPC in Attica will also be given two additional vehicles for students to work on and train on.”
 
The new equipment in the shop include two battery load testers, six electrical simulators, four multimeters, two oscilloscope and one SnapOn MODIS scan tool for diagnosing vehicle drivability problems. All of these devises are used in automotive electrical testing which are vital to a technician diagnosing problems and finding the best solution moving forward.
 
“In this program high school students get a jump start on their college career technical education,” said Lucas. “By the time they complete their courses, junior and senior year, they will have the opportunity to be ASE student certified in Brakes, Suspension and Maintenance Light Duty Repair.”
 
In addition to the ASE certification, students will also have the opportunity to receive a Level 1 Automotive Repair Certificate from PCC. The PCC Automotive Program is nationally accredited by the ASE Education Foundation. To achieve this coveted recognition, PCC’s Automotive Program underwent rigorous evaluation by the ASE Education Foundation. Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities, and equipment were used.
 
Not only does the PCC Automotive Program provide college level courses and facilities for high school students to get a jump start on their career but Kansas’ Excel in Career Technical Education (CTE) offers high school students the opportunity to take college level, CTE, courses tuition-free. According to the Association for Career and Technical Education taking one CTE class for every two academic classes minimizes the risk of students dropping out of high school and Students earning three or more CTE credits have a 99 percent graduation rate.
 
The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) calculated that more than 1,800 credentials were obtained by Kansas high school students in 2018 and that the average wage of CTE students who exit and are employed exceeds $31,000 per year.
 
To find out more information about the PCC Automotive Program and the SCCPC Automotive Program in Attica contact Daniel Meng, PCC Automotive Instructor, at danielm@prattcc.edu.

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