Starke County high school students wishing to pursue a career in either welding or automotive technology can get a head start on doing so without leaving home. The Starke County Initiative for Lifelong Learning offers courses in both fields of study to high school juniors and seniors. Participants in the vocational welding technology program learn about various types of welding as well as how to read blueprints, handle tools and do the job safely. They also get ample hands-on experience and receive both high school and college credit for their participation in the program. The tuition cost is covered by their school corporation, but the students are responsible for their book rental and welding kit.
SCILL also offers a vocational automotive technology program. It’s also a two-year course of study for area high school juniors and seniors who attend classes at their school for half a day and spend the rest of their time at SCILL. They get hands-on instruction in brakes, electrical systems, engine performance, suspension and steering, automatic and manual transmissions, vehicle heating and air conditioning and engine repair.
Students interested in enrolling in the SCILL Vocational Welding Technology Program or Vocational Automotive Technology Program can contact their high school guidance counselor, the SCILL Center or use the online application available at www.scill.biz or www.ncavc.info. Participating students will also have opportunities to intern with local businesses as part of the program.