It’s amazing how a donation from a company can open the door for students to learn with a hands-on approach.
Kenworth Truck Company of Chillicothe, Ohio, has given a donation of a truck cab to the auto body program at the Scioto County Career and Technical Center (SCCTC), located in Scioto County, Ohio.
Eli Riggs is the auto body instructor and this is his second year at the SCCTC. He also owns a repair shop of his own in Lathem, Ohio, in Pike County; he is from this area and has had shops in this area as well.
“The big thing that this cab will do for us, it’s kind of like an artist’ canvas,” Riggs said. “We’re going to use it just for the paintwork, just to teach them how to paint.”
In his program, Riggs says they weld, do mechanical work, air condition work, painting, framework, and more.
“Whenever they get done, they get the knowledge to get out in the auto body world of work and they can proceed from there,” Riggs said.
Riggs said that in December they are going to have color training on how to shade paint with Metalux, their paint distributor.
“It’s hard to get a color match on older cars and they teach them how to shade and make it match,” Riggs said. “It’s a very hard thing to do and if they find a student that is really good at it companies would hire them in a minute.”
Riggs has four girls in his junior class this year, and when asked how they all got along, he said, “they actually get along really well, they just get along, they are just buddies. There are more and more women getting into these fields, because of the money. One of the news stations was saying that in the next five years they are going to have to employ 42,000 people to work on cars.”