Proviso East Students learn real-world skills and will soon be able to earn college credit, in the Proviso East automotive program, which provides expert training in auto mechanics and allows students to turn their hobbies into careers.
“This program teaches you everything—basic car maintenance, what makes the car work, and how it works, and how to fix it when it doesn’t work,” said Proviso East Junior Sergio Romero. “I have a passion for cars. One day I hope to own my own repair shop. So, in this class even though we’re students, we’re learning for our futures.”
PE Junior Juan Gonzalez’s father is a mechanic. He said, “This program is so big for us because this is what we want to do in our lives.”
Students work on cars daily in the auto program. Seven vehicles were donated by Triton College and teachers drop their cars off at the automotive shop for maintenance. Next year, the automotive program will offer dual college credit. While students learn at Proviso East, they can also earn credit at Triton College.
Triton, Proviso East, and Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) have joined forces to create a bridge for students interested in auto technology.
“The program is two-fold,” said Senior Auto Instructor Dan Cox. “It gives students practical skills and a lot of hands-on experience. Also, we are working with local colleges to help students transition from high school to get their bachelor’s degree. SIU is one of the top schools for automotives offering a bachelor’s and master’s degree in automotive technology.”
Co-instructor Carl Fedele says the program offers more than that.
“This program gives students hope. It gives hope and an opportunity for a career,” said Fedele. “Not all kids want to be doctors and lawyers. So, they come in here and learn skills. Students can take advantage of the program, learn skills, and get hired doing a job that they love.”
To register for the Proviso East Automotive program please contact your student’s counselor.