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6 | Transportation Today Wisconsin™                                                       Online Edition:

                   Wausau East Transportation Program Expands to Include More Dual Credit

                                                                                    measurement, and engine theory of opera-  site transportation classes may be eligible
                                                                                    tion/construction. Student experiences will   to participate in the local college’s Auto
                                                                                    include:  engine  rebuilding,  troubleshoot-  Academy  during  their  senior  year  of
                                                                                    ing and two and four-cycle engine theory.   high  school. Academy  coursework  will
                                                                                    Students should expect to spend the major-  be taught on campus, at the college, by
                                                                                    ity of their time in the lab.      their instructors. The Auto Academy will
                                                                                  •  Auto  Awareness:  This  course  covers   prepare  students  to  be  workforce-ready
                                                                                    basic systems of the automobile. units of   through  Youth  Apprenticeship  at  area
                                                                                    instruction  include:  tools,  auto  products,   businesses, and they will earn an Auto-
                                                                                    ignition,  fuel,  electrical,  cooling,  general   motive  Maintenance  &  Light  repair
                                                                                    maintenance,  interior/exterior  care,  and   Technical diploma. All credits (a tuition
                                                                                    new/used car purchasing. This course pro-  value of $1,800) transfer to the college’s
                                                                                    vides a theory of operation and practical   associate degrees or technical diplomas,
                                                                                    lab experiences for the automobile owner.  so students will have a jump start to con-
                                                                                  •  Occupational  Mechanics  I:  Introduc-  tinue their education after high school.
                                                                                    tion  to  the  automotive  service  industry   •  Youth Apprenticeship — Transporta-
                                                                                    including safety and the use of basic hand   tion:  Students  have  the  opportunity  to
        Diana White, Coordinator of         visit Wausau East High School to work with stu-  and  power  tools  to  help  the  prospective   jump-start  their  careers  by  enrolling  in
                                                                                                                       Youth Apprenticeship  (YA)  where  they
           Communications & Marketing       dents in the class on trucks. In addition, once a   automobile  technician  work  safely  and   earn credit while working on the job. YA
        Jon Winter, LVEC/CTE Coordinator    year, students actually get to travel to train in the   efficiently. Students will learn to perform   placements are available in auto mechan-
        Wausau School District              college’s facility. It’s the hands-on opportunities   basic  under-hood  and  under-car  services   ics,  diesel  or  auto  body  and  collision.
            Wausau East High School, located within   and lessons that mean the world to students.  including:  Basic  Maintenance,  Steering,
                                                                                    Suspension, Brakes,
        the Wausau School district, is home to an 8,000-  “It’s been a neat deal. It’s been very well   and  Tune-up.  This
        square foot automotive shop that gives students,   received.  It’s  a  way  for  the  students  to  get   course  is  based  on
        130 to 150 on average per year, the opportunity   another  instructor’s  perspective  with  this  and   hands-on lab activi-
        to learn all three career areas within the trans-  interact with a real live college instructor. The   ties  supported  by
        portation  pathway:  Auto  Technicians,  Auto   kids  are  getting  a  lot  more  with  this  than  just   classroom   opera-
        Collision, and diesel Mechanics.    a regular dual credit class,” said Mark Poppe,   tional  theory  of
            The shop, built after the passing of a com-  Wausau East Automotive Teacher.  automotive systems.
        munity-wide referendum in 2015, features three   Students are able to get 4 credits through   The  students  will
        two-point  hoists,  two  four-point  hoists,  one   the class.              have  the  oppor-
        heavy duty four-post hoist for semi/diesel, a low   The  Wausau  East  Automotive  Program   tunity  to  work  on
        rise hoist for auto collision, a paint booth and   also  works  closely  with  another  local  techni-  their  own  vehicle
        paint mixing room, as well as, new state-of-the-  cal  college  to  make  dual  credit  opportunities   repairs.   Addition-
        art wheel alignment equipment, a tire balancer,   in other courses available to students. It’s these   ally,  students  will
        and an attached classroom. It also has its own   partnerships with local colleges that truly help   be introduced to the
        semi truck that students can work on.  the Wausau School district prepare students for   basics  of  autobody/
            Students  are  able  to  take  a  wide  variety   life after high school.  collision  repair  as
        of  courses  including  an  Introduction  to  diesel   other  classes  available  to  students  in  the   well  as  painting.
        class, which they can actually receive dual credit   Wausau East Automotive Shop include:  Students  who  suc-
        for through a partnership with a nearby technical   •  Introduction  to  Power  Mechanics:   cessfully complete this course will receive   Students are matched with a mentor that
        college.                                This course is designed for students who   dual credit through a technical college.  teaches them all aspects of the business
            What  makes  this  opportunity  unique,  in   are  interested  in  exploring  the  internal                while  earning  a  paycheck  and  elective
        particular, is that the college’s diesel instructor   combustion  engine  as  well  as  basic  pro-  •  Occupational Mechanics II: This class is   credit.
        meets  virtually  with  students  every  Tuesday.   fessional  shop  procedures/tasks.  during   a  continuation  of  occupational  Mechan-
        Then, the instructor makes it a point to actually   this class students will explore basic tools,   ics  I.  The  course  develops  entry  level   While  students  can  work  on  their  own
                                                                                    skills/competencies in the following ASE   vehicles in the automotive shop, they can also
                                                                                    (National Institute for Automotive Service   work on ‘customer vehicles’ that are dropped
                                                                                    Excellence) areas: Suspension & Steering,   off at the beginning of the day. Students diag-
                                                                                    Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, and   nose them, develop quotes, order parts, install
                                                                                    Engine  Performance. Time  will  be  spent   the parts and repair, and help with billing. All
                                                                                    both  in  class  and  at  the  jobsite  (where   experiences that still set them up for success
                                                                                    applicable).  In  the  lab  and  at  the  jobsite   after high school.
                                                                                    (where  applicable)  students  will  gain   “This automotive facility at Wausau East
                                                                                    hands-on  experience  with  state-of-the-  is  a  shining  example  of  what  happens  when
                                                                                    art tools and large-scale diagnostic/repair   administration,  businesses,  and  community
                                                                                    equipment,  develop  employability  skills   members are all pulling in the same direction.
                                                                                    and spend time developing a good resume.   This is truly a win-win scenario in our commu-
                                                                                    Lab work will be performed mainly on late   nity and our school district,” said Poppe.
                                                                                    model donated vehicles; however, students   All of which align to the Wausau School
                                                                                    will have the opportunity to work on their   district’s mission of advancing student learn-
                                                                                    own  vehicle  repairs.  Students  who  suc-  ing, achievement, and success.
                                                                                    cessfully complete this course will receive
                                                                                    dual credit through a technical college.
                                                                                  •  Auto Academy (off campus): Students
                                                                                    who successfully complete the prerequi-
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