Local Program Earns National Certification
KREX News Room
MESA COUNTY, Colo. After two years, a local program has become nationally certified, giving students the opportunity for an added advantage heading into the workforce. The Sport Vehicle Repair Program at the Career Center became accredited under EETC, the Engine Equipment Training Counsel. The local program is the third in the state to receive this prestigious certification.
The students work on everything from jet skis to boats, four wheelers and lawn mowers. They are hired by actual customers in the community.
To be in this class you've got to love working with your hands, "Ever since I was little I liked working on things so when I found out about this class, I had to take it," said 10th-grader Colton Barnes.
Students must be willing to work untill the job is done.
Cody Kurtz, another 10th-grader in the program, said, "Because it's the customers work, you have to fix it, but sometimes you can't always know what's wrong with it."
Instructor of the Sport Vehicle Repair Program, James Pittsenbarger, said, "We believe in an upside down curriculum where we kind of throw them into the wolves, and I say, 'fix this, find out what's wrong with it, what do you think?'"
Experience students get in the classroom is comparable to the real world.
"We take it apart, do it again, maybe walk away from it, but we have to get back to it to get it done, that's the way the industry wants things done and of course our customers," said Pittsenbarger.
Now that the program is EETC accredited, students can test to be certified.
"It's a national accreditation for students to have a feather in their cap to compete with other students across the nation and it proves our program and curriculum is as strong as anyone else's in the nation," said Pittsenbarger.
New challenges everyday help students reach their goals.
"Everyday I want them to leave with a feeling that 'I've learned something or I've done something' and that builds on what they're going to learn tomorrow. We may not be quickest but we do our best," said Pittsenbarger.
Pittsenbarger says the program continues to grow every year and they currently have 42 students.