Automotive Technology Program at Gilbert High School – Gilbert Public Schools

Automotive Technology Program at Gilbert High School – Gilbert Public Schools


[Music] [Music] the automotive program at Gilbert high school has been serving the community for over four decades in that time there has only been two instructors mr. Wayne balls founded the program in 1972 upon mr. balls retirement in 2005 mr. Jonathan Street was hired and is the turn instructor this continuity of instruction is one of the pillars to the program’s success Jonathan Strait is a master ase-certified technicians holding eighteen ASE certifications along with many manufacture certifications for Ford GM Toyota and many others he readily receives over 100 hours of technical training per year bringing us updated training and Technology back to his classroom the automotive program is one of the most popular and successful CTE programs at Gilbert high school students completing the program graduate on time on average the automotive graduating classes awarded $20,000 of scholarships each year one of the reasons for this is due to the class ratio first year classes are 24 students to one instructor second year eighteen to one and third year fifteen to one the student-teacher ratios allow for training and hands-on experience and not seen in surrounding automotive programs making Gilbert high school graduates highly sought after and the students having their choice of dealerships and repair facilities to start their career [Music] the positive learning environment in the automotive program is an extension of the environment at Gilbert high school this is created by the leadership and support of the local school board district office school administration faculty and the tremendous support of the local community students at Gilbert high school play the largest role in creating this environment they come to school with in energy and willingness to learn with an unbelievable amount of respect for each other and pride in their campus the positive environment comes from you wanting to push yourself to learn more about the cars and more about how they work and how to fix them and have fun I credit my friends and my awesome instructor he helps me with everything that I need to learn about cars and so do my peers and they’ve just showed me positive attitudes throughout the year and it’s made me comfortable with asking questions which makes learning fun for me the technicians enter the industry must not only know the basics of operation but also know how the modern and advanced systems work new technicians must become lifelong learners and find ways to stay up-to-date with the ever-changing technology challenges technology it’s always evolving you always have different new ways of doing things safer ways and more fuel efficient or more power ways to make a car go you need to keep up on it to survive in this industry they have to be a lifelong learner and be prepared for learning new things that are coming into new cars like technology and stuff so I think that’s what they should be prepared for industry partners is key to training students for today’s automotive industry and all the innovations occurring over high schools industry partners such as Ford Motor Company snap-on & BG products provide the latest training and support along with training aids and supplies to the program this provides an experience not seen in other programs one of the ways we address it is through partnerships with snap-on Ford like snap-on they’re always giving us updates four times a year for our scan tools for the newer cars and the different sensors and modules inside of the cars Ford is having us go through their training teaching us how their cars work and their new technology coming out and how to work on it [Music] Oh Gilbert high school has continued to train students for the automotive industry in light of economic challenges this is done through the use of industry partnerships community support donations and a forward-looking budget process the automotive program provides the opportunity for students to earn eighty eight different certifications and certificates all certifications and certificates earned within the program our industry recognized starting with the student ASE certifications students earn certificates from Ford Motor Company snap-on BG products Timken and many other industry leaders these certifications and certificates enhance the students portfolio increasing their employability and confidence when entering the automotive industry [Music] currently students can earn college credit for the automotive classes they already completing do it via dual enrollment through Mesa Community College the dual enrollment classes combined for our total six college credits towards the associate’s degree offered at Mesa Community College next year dual enrollment is expanding to all three classes combining for a total of 10 college credits these credits reduce the time required to earn their associate’s degree [Music] [Music]


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