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Girls Learn Tricks of the Automotive Trade at STEM Camp

 Warner Robins, GA—Central Georgia Technical College Automotive instructor Jimmy Jones has spent the week working with rising 8th and 9th grade girls to help them learn the skills of the automotive trade at the Houston County Career Academy’s (HCCA) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Camp. The four-day camp aimed to expose students to non-traditional career fields and give students the opportunity to explore career pathways offered at the Career Academy. 

Female participants were given the opportunity to learn about either Automotive or Engineering and males were able to explore the healthcare field. Overall, the camp had more than 30 participants from schools across Houston County in the three career areas.

Jones, who teaches dual enrollment courses in Automotive for CGTC at the Career Academy, volunteered to work with the young ladies to help them learn basic car care and roadside emergency preparedness. The girls learned necessary skills such as how to change a tire, repair a flat, jump start a battery, and how to change the oil in a vehicle.

Students enrolled Jones’ courses during the school year receive both high school and college credits for successful completion. After graduation from high school, these students can attend CGTC and earn a diploma or degree and be workforce ready in an exceptionally short amount of time.

The STEM camp, as well as the programs offered at the Houston County Career Academy and Central Georgia Technical College, strive to provide a well-trained and skilled workforce for growing career fields in the local region. Programs are made available based on the demand of the local economy as employers are continually looking for work-ready graduates to fill available jobs.

To find out more about the dual enrollment career-training opportunities available at the Houston County Career Academy, call 478-218-3348 or contact your high school counselor.

 

One of Jimmy Jones’ STEM camp Automotive students replaces the Schrader valve in a tire.

Submitted by Janet Kelly
June 5, 2014

 

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