Proviso East auto shop students are learning real-world skills and using their lessons for higher education and careers, thanks to new high-tech grant funded equipment that has turned the Proviso East garage into a real live automotive repair shop.
The auto shop at Proviso East has been equipped with an electronic automobile encyclopedia, a wheel balancer, rim changer, an air compressor, and top of the line automotive tools. The new equipment was purchased through Proviso’s technical education improvement grant. The auto shop is now up to speed with all of the latest technology and automotive equipment.
“This is my sixth year here as auto shop instructor and this is the first year that our program has been full scale with all of the equipment that you’ll see in a regular everyday auto shop,” said instructor Dan Cox. “We have one of the most equipped student auto shops in the state of Illinois.”
Proviso East students are using the new tools and equipment to become automotive experts. They are also putting their skills to work outside the classroom. Sergio Romero, a senior at Proviso East, says he used his skills to land a job.
“In my job we do car maintenance and mechanics,” said Romero. “It was here that I learned the basics. Auto shop has helped me a whole lot. The new equipment that we have here is great, it’s real, and it helps you learn mechanics step-by-step.”
Proviso East junior Bryan Murillo has also entered the workforce thanks to his education in the auto shop.
“I do the same thing at work that we do here in the shop,” he said. “What I don’t know at work, I can easily learn at school. The new equipment that we have is exactly what we use at my job. It is because of my teachers and this program that I have a job, and I have a whole new perspective.”
The auto program has helped several students in their careers and over 35 students are enrolled in Triton College’s dual credit automotive program. With the newly installed equipment, instructors hope to increase student interest in the program and double the number of students seeking higher education.
PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart applauded the auto shop program. She said, “Programs such as this one are important to providing our students a well-rounded education and opportunities for them to be college and career ready.”