According to WAC Vice President Jess Crump, “We talked to the instructor of the auto body program, the principal of the school and a student currently enrolled in the second year of the auto body program about the programs available and how to best reach their students.”
WAC President Shelly Jones added, “The collision instructor, Sean Crader, and the director of Lewis and Clark, Dr. Stewart, shared information on the automotive and collision programs at Lewis and Clark. Grace, a second-year collision student, told us that she had never considered taking the collision program until she met an instructor who they had recently retired. After meeting him, she was sold."
Meeting attendees also discussed the recent career options nights that they had attended and brainstormed ways to attract more students to their booth.
“We are investigating interactive, hands-on activities that will engage the students and start discussions on career options,” Jones said.
Attendees made plans for their upcoming holiday gathering, which will be held at V8 Speed & Resto on Nov. 29 for an open house and sponsor thank you. It will begin at 5 p.m. and include light appetizers.
Crump noted, “We had a great first year in operation and have officially received our 501(c)4 designation letter from the IRS. We hope to further our mission in this next year by reaching out to different automotive programs and professionals to get feedback from them while continuing to talk to young people about career opportunities at as many events as possible. We also hope to expand our membership to keep us diverse and have enough people to attend lots of events.”
WAC’s next meeting will be held on Jan. 15 at Ranken Technical College.
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