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A $220,000 grant that allows the Waco High School automotive department to purchase new diagnostic tools and training equipment and update lifts was approved by the Board on Thursday night.
The courses offered by the Automotive Department will also officially become dual credit courses.
A far cry from a simple tinker-shop, the automotive program at WHS has six bays for automotive repair.
The school district is contributing $11,000 and receiving an additional $220,000 from the Texas Workforce Commission.
In two short years. the department has gone from only two teachers to double that number now and one of them is a recent graduate of the program. Mario Chavez graduated from WHS, earned his associates degree from TSTC, worked at a dealership, and is now back at WHS as an automotive repair instructor.
Principal Ed Love says the grant will provide more opportunities for students, and even remarked "I trust these guys with my own car"!
Waco ISD Career & Technology Education Director, Donna McKethan, says,"This grant will allow us to have better technology and provide us with a competitive edge in programs like SkillsUSA".
The WHS Automotive Repair program is part of the Waco High Career Academies.
Instructors are Milton Campos, Mark Penney and Casey Daugherty.
The grant was written by Lucas Land of Waco ISD's Grants Management department.
The Waco ISD School Board unanimously (and excitedly) approved accepting the grant Thursday night.