The senior Auto Collision program, at the Washington County Career Center, competed in a contest, which consisted of restoring a totaled 2008 Chevy ½-Ton 4WD truck purchased through a salvage auction in Buckhannon, WV. The students repaired the truck back to pre-damaged condition and the vehicle is currently being sold through Public Surplus Auction. A portion of the proceeds will be turned into Snap-On Tool vouchers and given to the student who earned the most points in the contest.
Points were accumulated for each senior in how they utilized the skills they’ve learned in their technical program to restore the vehicle. Additionally, their lab and work ethics grades for the past two school years along with attendance were factored in. Lastly, a well-known business owner and Career Center advisory member, Sam Heiss of First Quality Auto Body, held mock interviews.
Isiah Schaad, a senior from Waterford in the Auto Collision program, received $1000 in Snap-On Tool vouchers for placing first in the contest. Schaad commented, “I’m very grateful to the Career Center for allowing me this opportunity to show off the skills I’ve learned in my technical program. Mr. Ruble has taught me everything I know and helped me to pursue a career in this field.” Schaad is currently working at First Quality Collision Center through the Career Center’s Early Placement program.
Auto Collision instructor, Gary Ruble, commented, “This is the second year I’ve conducted this contest. I believe it was a great learning tool and experience for my students. My plans are to have it again each year for my seniors as an incentive for learning the skills needed to be successful in this industry.”
PHOTO (L-R): Mr. Gary Ruble, Auto Collision instructor and senior student, Isiah Schaad