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Thurston High students learning how to build electric race cars

As part of the wide range of career technical education (CTE) courses offered at Thurston High School, one class is learning how to build electric race cars.

Posted: Apr 22, 2019 5:55 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – As part of the wide range of career technical education (CTE) courses offered at Thurston High School, one class is learning how to build electric race cars.

From robotics to construction and wood technology, to metal fabrication and more, students have a lot of choices, and one of them is Mark Bray’s transportation technology e-car racing class, which uses the school’s metal and wood shop.

Equipment and ventilation systems are funded by Measure 98, and the hardware of the cars is funded by the Springfield Utility Board.

Bray said building the cars requires a lot of effort and skills that his students will need in the workplace.

“So there’s team building,” Bray said. “There’s also a lot of skills – welding, of course, and metal bending. But work skills, habits, you know, being here on time.”

Bray said he’s had students go directly into the workforce after graduating from high school, and he’s certain their CTE courses will encourage more students to do the same.

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