Eventful summer for Pratt Community College automotive department

19 September 2019

The 2019 summer proved to be eventful for the Pratt Community College Automotive Program. They competed in two car shows, updated the on-campus auto shop in preparation for the school year, developed a new program, and quipped a new training facility in Attica.
The automotive department attended Mel Hambelton Ford’s 9th annual tailgate party for high school students. This summer Mel Hambelton hosted more than 20 area high schools and more than 3,000 students and parents were in attendance. The annual tailgate party showcases cheer teams, bands and overall school spirit. In each auto category, groups compete for cash prizes. For the past five years, PCC Automotive has attended the tailgate party and entered their student-built drag cars into the competition. For the first time Shae Napier, head cheer coach, and the PCC cheer squad accompanied the automotive department. 
The PCC Automotive department also attended the first annual Evolution Car Show in Yoder, Kan. At the show, the students entered their student built drag cars, junior dragsters, judged cars, and presented trophies that were sponsored by APAC construction company to the top placing entries.
“Evolution car show was cool, I helped judge it,” said sophomore Jonah Spore.
Sophomore, Jonah Spore, had an eventful summer between assisting at the car shows and his summer internship at APAC construction company. APAC construction company representatives visited a PCC Automotive class during the 2018-2019 school year and presented to the automotive students and later students toured the APAC construction company facility. Spore was interested in the summer internship, and submitted his resume and application for the position with APAC construction company. After submitting his application, he was offered the position. Upon graduation in May 2020, Spore will be working for APAC construction company full time at their Hutchinson location. Spore loves being able to work on anything automobile related.
“I did transmission work, breaks, and clutches. I did everything from working on a dump truck, to a front loader,” said Spore “I had a great time, it was a very good experience for me.”
The Automotive Technology department at Pratt Community College is fully certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation (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.