The Texas Independent Automotive Association (TIAA) presented a thousand dollar donation check to the Automotive Technology Academy on November 16 at a career fair for the North East Independent School District (NEISD) in San Antonio, Texas.
David Bailey, Director of The Automotive Technology Academy, received the check from TIAA’s Membership Director, Hunter Hooge. According to Hooge, the donation funds will be used for tools and uniforms for students. The Academy helps prepare high school students for work in the automotive industry by combining students interested in automotive technologies from several local area high schools into one statewide program.
The Automotive Technology Academy is a state of the art facility where students are challenged to become life-long learners in the ever-changing automotive industry. Any NEISD high school student interested in this curriculum can attend the facility for this two period course. Admittance into the program is by application which is reviewed and followed by an interview with an instructor. The Academy originally opened its doors for the 2006–2007 school year. Prior to this the four high school campuses in San Antonio that were teaching the automotive courses were Roosevelt, Madison, Lee and Churchill. The board’s vision was to have a stand alone magnet program, not only to reduce costs to taxpayers, but also to keep up with the ever-changing automotive technology.
ATA is a three year program designed for students starting in 10th grade and finishing with an internship program their senior year. ATA students have the opportunity to learn automotive brake systems, suspension systems, electrical and electronic systems and engine diagnostics, among other skills.
Having 27 donated vehicles in the program each year allows the students to apply academics with real hands-on experiences.
For more information about ATA and TIAA, visit www.neisd.net/auto and www.tiaa.net.