Students interested in exploring a career in the automotive industry will be able to pre-enroll in Energy, Power and Transportation Systems, the introductory course for the Automotive Technology program in Lamar Consolidated ISD.
The course is popular and the District has developed a process to assure equal access for all students in grades 9 and 10.
This was done in case more students pre-enroll than can be admitted to the course. Lamar CISD limits enrollment to assure safety, because of campus/travel restrictions and due to space limitations.
Interested students must complete the information and commitment forms, have a parent or guardian sign the forms and submit the forms to the student’s counselor by April 5. The forms can be obtained in the Counseling office at all high schools and junior high schools. There are also mandatory Automotive Technology Information Meetings at each high school. Students and their parents may select any of the meetings, even if it is not being held at their home high school campus. The meeting will be conducted by the Automotive Technology instructor Deon Wilson and will last approximately 45 minutes.
The meetings will be held at:
· George Ranch HS, March 26, 6:30 p.m., in the LGI;
· Terry HS, March 29, 6:30 p.m., in Rm 201;
· Foster HS, April 3, 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium; and
· LCHS, April 5, 6:30 p.m., in the Cafeteria.
Students who have pre-enrolled, completed and submitted the signed forms, and attended the required meeting will have their high school graduation credits checked to assure that they are able to take this elective course. If credits are available and if more students in the priority grade level pre-enroll than can be admitted to the course, the students will then be eligible for a computer-generated random enrollment. The student’s district identification number will be put into a computer program, which will generate a list of eligible students’ names from each campus until it reaches the maximum allowed in the class. All other students’ names will be placed on a campus waiting list in the order drawn. Those students will be eligible to take the class only if students are removed from the course. Students on the waiting list will be eligible to take the class only if a campus spot opens and credit is still attainable.
The Energy, Power and Transportation course is the first in a series of courses that help prepare students for the high-demand, high-pay and high-skills automotive industry. Students interested in exploring a career in the automotive industry will begin their journey in this course taught by an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified instructor. The course provides a basic understanding of safety, automotive careers, automotive systems and the ASE technician’s certification process
The second course, Automotive Technology, is one more step in preparing students for college, automotive manufacturer’s training and automotive industry certification and is taught by an ASE certified instructor. Job shadowing may be included.
The third course, Advanced Automotive Technology, allows students the opportunities to practice advanced theory, diagnosis and repair in the areas of brakes, steering and suspension, electrical and electronic systems and engine performance. Students will solve automotive problems and prepare for post-secondary training and/or automotive industry certification and is taught by an ASE certified instructor. Students will be prepared to and possibly participate in the Automotive Service Excellence certification exam in Brakes, Suspension and Steering, Electrical/Electronic Systems and Engine Performance. If the student is involved in a job shadowing experience, transportation to and from the training site is the responsibility of the student.
The final course is called Practicum in Transportation, Distribution and Logistics – AYES. Advanced, selected students, who are seeking a career in the automotive industry, will have the opportunity to practice advanced diagnosis and repair in the areas of brakes, steering and suspension, electrical, and engine performance in this class taught by an ASE certified instructor. Selected students will be able to participate in on-the-job training allowing them to work with a mentor in an automotive dealership. Students will be prepared to and expected to complete an Automotive Service Excellence certification exam. The course offered at Lamar Consolidated High School only; transportation to and from the AYES/job training site is the responsibility of the student.
Students and/or their parents who have questions about the enrollment process or the automotive program are encouraged to contact their campus counselor or Deon Wilson, the automotive instructor, who is located at Lamar Consolidated High School.