Wednesday, 18 November 2020 18:01

MNCARS Provides High School Support


As part of its 2020 workplan, Minnesota Careers in Auto Repair & Service (MNCARS) “adopted” two high school programs to provide enhanced support and mentoring during the year.

With help from industry suppliers, MNCARS recently invested nearly $5,000 into automotive programs at White Bear Lake High School and Independent School District (ISD) 916.


ISD 916, based at Century College in St. Paul, provides shared programming to 14 member school districts. The automotive program, overseen by instructor John Witthauer, received equipment and supplies to support a new detailing program introduced this fall. Shop vacs, pressure washers, buffers and detailing supplies---and training for their use---were among the items donated by MNCARS and its industry partners.


“Last year the NE Metro 916 auto program committed to expand our curriculum to include an introductory class for detailing to allow our students to explore the auto body industry and to help the collision industry gain some new technicians," Witthauer said. "We are grateful for the support we received from MNCARS, which will enable us to introduce the detailing classes in the spring semester of 2021.”

The automotive program headed by Derek Doescher at the White Bear Lake High School South Campus received support in the form of multimeters, motor oil, wheel weights and other consumable supplies. The program enjoys a current enrollment of more than 140 students in five class offerings.


“We could not be growing our program like we are without the assistance...

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