“It felt like Christmas morning when we found out we received these grants,” THS Auto Tech Teacher Del Borron said. “The high-tech equipment our students will have access to is more advanced than some professional shops. It will help our students advance their education and become even more successful earning industry certifications.”
The Automotive Program has made incredible progress this year. Out of 19 students tested for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification, 17 passed and nine more are prepared to test. Furthermore, 100% of the seniors who were tested earned the certification.
For Mr. Borron, his goal is not only to prepare students to earn their automotive certifications, but also to match students with local internships while they’re still in high school. One of his students did just that! Scott Resner, a THS junior who recently passed his ASE certification exam, was offered a paid internship with Ag-Power, a local agricultural and consumer equipment dealership.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with new alignment machines and tire mounting and balance machines in our automotive shop next year,” Resner said. “Thanks to this new equipment, we will be better prepared to enter the workforce.”
Terrell ISD is extremely grateful for the support from our local companies as well as the Terrell ISD Excellence Foundation. Together, we can continue to prepare students for the workforce, trade school, college, and beyond through our extensive Career and Technical Education (CTE) course offerings at Terrell High School. Thanks to this funding, THS students will be able to receive free college credits through TVCC in Automotive Technology and Workforce Dual Credit beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.
The TVEC Charitable Foundation is funded by donations from Operation Round Up, a voluntary program that allows TVEC members to round up their monthly electric bills to the next whole dollar amount. The portion that is rounded up may be used to award grant requests to local charitable organizations. The Terrell ISD Excellence Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing education for all students by promoting and funding effective programs and ideas in TISD. Since 2008, the Education Foundation has awarded more than $1,000,000 in grants to TISD students and teachers.