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Our two-year automotive program provides practical hands-on training and experience for high school students in grades 9-12 who are considering a career in the automotive industry. Our industry-certified education is based on training standards set forth by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) as well as the Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of Career and Technical Education.

The structured program includes lectures, reviews, and hands-on demonstrations that provide a solid foundation in brakes, suspension and steering, cooling and lubrication, electrical systems, engine fundamentals, operation and rebuild, and all servicing aspects, including safety inspections, tools and equipment. There is a strong emphasis on shop safety and industry expectations, as well as developing skills to make students strong, employable leaders.

In the classroom garage, students work on actual cars, donated to the program, to diagnose and fix the problems. Students may also take a certification test that may earn industry credentials to show potential employers they have completed significant and specialized training.

In the first-year class, Automotive Service I, students learn automotive shop operation, shop safety, tools and equipment identification and use as well as basic engine, transmission, electrical systems and brakes. 

The second-year class, Automotive Service II, teaches advanced shop operation and safety, advanced electrical systems, engine performance, steering and suspension, and automotive HVAC.

Instructor: Tyler Dulin