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Yuma High auto class hits full throttle after open house event

The Yuma High School automotive program opened the doors for the public on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 to showcase the new auto shop on campus.

“Tonight was all about showing the public this is what we are, this is what we do, we are open for business,” YHS automotive teacher John Baldwin said. “Our students are going to be out in the industry and we want people to know that.”

The open house served as a way for the public to see the new equipment and revamped facility that students in the Career & Technical Education program will be working with. Mr. Baldwin, along with several students, led tours of the facility, located in the technology building.

“I’m proud to be able to show what it means to represent the workforce and what it’s like to be a mechanic,” said Vocational Automotive Class President and YHS student Ares Preciado, who was among those leading the tours. “I really think this program has helped me learn things that I’m going to need in the future.”

Automotive technology is offered at Yuma High, Kofa and Cibola with program standards focusing on developing safety habits required by industry; performing a wide range of automotive technology skills; and students receiving hands-on experience with the vast electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, and high performance areas of the leading automotive fields. Students also develop skills to pass the Automotive Service Excellence Certification Test.

Eric Patten