A few students from Woodburn High School recently had the opportunity to visit Chemeketa Community College Automotive department as part of The Tri-County Area Automotive Leadership Institute seminar geared towards students from the tri-county area interested in pursuing a career in the automotive industry.

“Students are visiting trying to get an idea if this is something they want to get into after graduation,” said Mario Garza, Woodburn High School career counselor. “ I think it is important to continue to expose our student to a variety of career technical education opportunities, whether we have those program in our high school or whether we utilize our partners, like our community college.”

This Chemeketa Community College The Tri-County Area Automotive Leadership Institute program is open to the tri-county area of Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties, said Garza. To attend the career day, students had to apply. If the student decides to apply to Chemeketa’s automotive program and gets accepted, they get credit for attending this informational seminar.

Hunter Engineering Company representative and automotive technician Adam Ellen, said that he is often asked by companies he works with if he knows of any trained technicians for their organizations.
“There is a huge demand for it,” said Ellen. “I get asked daily, ‘Do you know of any good technicians?’ The dealerships, the auto repair centers are starving for technicians right now.”

Ellen demonstrated the Hunter Engineering alignment system as well as a new wheel balancer to students participating in the event. Other demonstrators included Shawn Lucas from Capitol Chevrolet Cadillac, Shawn Spier from Hunter Engineering, and Chemeketa’s Doug Rogers.