Skilled to Work: Students Build Race Cars from Scratch

Students learn skills as they build race cars from scratch.

Posted: Mar 27, 2018 10:44 AM
Updated: Apr 5, 2018 7:29 AM

Ss employers in Western Oregon face a mass retirement of workers, they find themselves in a critical situation. They're struggling to replace those skilled workers.  So kezi has joined forces with those industry leaders in our Skilled to Work campaign.

This week KEZI 9 News reporter Macy Hyland visited Willamette High School as they built race cars from scratch.   Students here in Western Oregon spent last week preparing for the annual Electrathona race of battery-powered go cart vehicles.  Now the cool thing about this race is the students involved design, and built these cars themselves!  And they get quite a bit of 'real world' experience in the process.

Willamette High School is traditionally one of the leaders in this event.  Students take part through the INE class.  Students working on their cars told me they've learned so much through this class and it's truly been a career prepping experience.   "I just wish more schools had it, because it gave me a lot of opportunities.  It made me feel a lot better about coming to school.  You know, full IB is really difficult, but at the end of the day, this makes me happy, knowing that i'm getting somewhere with this and my schoolwork."

Students say they've gained all kinds of experience through building these race cars. They've become more skilled in design as well as welding and other skills involved with actually building the cars, and they know will be more marketable as employees once they graduate. OC the Electrathon is a race that students all over Oregon and Washington participate in.  Though they take place in different locations, the local one is held at Lane Community College every year.

Reporting in studio, Macy Hyland, KEZI 9.

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