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Collaboration leads to new opportunities in auto repair classes

As the result of a collaboration between Hopkins County Schools and Madisonville Community College, new opportunities will be available for local students interested in careers in automotive repair.

For the first time, MCC will offer an evening class in Automotive Repair for adults during the fall semester at Hopkins County Career and Technology Center. Also, high school students in the automotive program at the CTC will be eligible to earn dual credit. Students will be able to use dual credit scholarships to help with the cost.

“We’re really excited to be able to do this,” said Dr. Scott Cook, provost at MCC. “I think it’s a great opportunity for us to celebrate together.”

CTC Principal Pam Todd said, “What makes this so exciting is that we have worked toward offering automotive dual credit classes since we first opened the doors at CTC in 2016. Because of this partnership with MCC, it is finally going to happen.”

The Engine Repair class for adults will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. during the fall semester.

“We are going to start with Engine Repair,” said CTC automotive instructor Adam O’Rear. “If that’s successful, then we will look at adding some more in the future.”

The classes include learning theory as well as practicing it on vehicles in the lab. There are currently morning and afternoon sessions for high school students that are about 2 ½ hours each. Sixteen students are generally in each class. The curriculum covers maintenance and light repair.

“I always try to have something in the shop pertinent to what we have going on in the classroom,” O’Rear said. “It’s like learning to be a pilot. You can do all the tests, but until you fly a plane, you’re not really going to learn how to do it properly.

“I let them learn by doing,” he said. “We treat it like a shop. It’s like a workplace.”

Training in automotive repair is highly sought after in the job market. Ten of O’Rear’s current high school students are working in co-op positions now.

“If they get an education here or through the college, there are businesses who need people all the time,” O’Rear said. “If they want to work, they will move up quickly.”

 For more information, please contact the MCC Enrollment Center at 270-824-8657.