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Ford Motor Company puts focus on tech in Roseburg High visit

The students learned how to work with the newest technology used in the automotive industry, like reading diagnostics on a car.

Posted: Oct 29, 2019 3:20 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Ford Motor Company spent a day at Roseburg High School, teaching students basic mechanic skills and how to work on some of its newest cars.

The event is a part of Ford’s Automotive Career Exploration Program which brings mechanical curriculum into local high schools with an automotive program.

The students learned how to work with the newest technology used in the automotive industry, like reading diagnostics on a car.

Joe Long from the Ford Motor Company says it’s fun to watch the students get hands-on experience with their cars, but he says he hopes it will help more students pursue a career in the industry.

“To turn on the vehicles, to plug into a laptop and teach them that you don’t start turning a wrench on a vehicle right away,” said Long. “It’s the diagnostics, the technology with the coding.”

Long says students who pursue the ACE program will have access to job shadowing opportunities, apprenticeships, and part and full-time jobs.

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