Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Clairemont High Revved Up Over New Automotive Facility

Dedicating Auto Shop
Students and staff open the new auto shop.

 Students and staff open the new auto shop.
Principal Lenora Smith, Teacher Larry Engelbrecht and students in Clairemont High School’s Automotive Technology Program were excited to show off their new automotive facility during its recent official dedication ceremony. Board President John Lee Evans and Deputy Superintendent of Academics Nellie Meyer joined Marston Middle School students, Clairemont High students, industry professionals, and community members in celebrating the occasion.

The new College, Career & Technology (CCTE) facility includes a 32-student-classroom that is housed in a remodeled 3,420-square-foot auto shop area. The buildings provide an industry-standard facility that supports certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

The $2.6 million CCTE is funded by Proposition S and a California Proposition 1D matching-fund grant, which can only be used for capital facility improvements.  Construction began in April 2010 and was completed in November 2011. The project partners for the new automotive facility were Zagrodnik + Thomas Architects and Sraightline Construction. 

These professional facilities help prepare students for work in the commercial automotive industry, enabling instruction and practice in such areas as engine performance, steering and suspension, electrical and mechanical components and brakes. This career and technical education prepares students for careers in the transportation industry , which has a high demand for qualified technical employees.  In addition to the coursework requirements in English, math, science and humanities for entry into the University of California or California State University, students are offered the following sequence of courses in the career pathway:  transportation technology 1 and 2 (grades 9 and 10), NATEF brakes and suspension (grade 11); and NATEF automotive technology (grade 12).
For more details on Prop. S or CCTE, visit www.sandi.net/PropS or http://www.sdccte.org. You may also call (619) 725-7252 for additional information.