Customizing Youth Auto Shop Education
The SEMA High School Vehicle Build Program uniquely connects high school automotive shop classes with specialty-equipment manufacturers’ products to build one-of-a-kind customized vehicles.
Funded by SEMA, this program offers students’ real-world, hands-on auto-tech skills while becoming engaged in the accessorization and customization lifestyle.
This accessorization project focuses on suspension, wheels and tires, and interior and exterior accessories. With the guidance and instruction of their auto-shop instructors, students customize the vehicles using donated aftermarket products from partnering sponsor companies. After the vehicles are transformed by the students’ hands, they will be sold at the end of the school year. Proceeds from the sale will fund the purchase of another vehicle to support a build in the following school year—making this a self-sustaining program.
The five fully-customized Jeep Wrangler TJ’s built by high school students as part of the SEMA High School Vehicle Build Program were up for auction in an event called “SEMA Week of Customs.” The auction event launched on Monday, July 15, 2019, with one Jeep released for five consecutive days with a seven-day auction life. The final auction closed Friday, July 26, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. PDT.
The finished builds auctioned through program partner, Bring a Trailer, an online auction marketplace for buying and selling special vehicles resulted in a total of $127,000 to benefit high school auto shop programs. Bring a Trailer also generously donated their auction fee to the program bringing the grand total to $133,350!
The industry has really supported this project,” said Zane Clark, SEMA senior director of education. “Their generosity has elevated the build beyond our expectations and created a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience for the students.”
High School Auto Shop Programs
SEMA has partnered with five high school auto shop programs for the 2019 high school vehicle build program. Each school will be customizing a Jeep Wrangler TJ utilizing aftermarket products donated by partnering companies. The builds will be completed by the end of the 2019 school year.