Livingston automotive class preps students for real world
WALKER - High school students from all across Livingston Parish get hands on experience fixing real world problems with cars, all while earning college credit.
It's part of a dual enrollment program at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center. Students in the class learn everything from brakes and electrical issues to steering and suspension.
"I enjoy it. It's a passion. I love working on vehicles and it's something I've always wanted to do," said Albany High School junior Dustin Swindle. "Starting off after I get out of this and get certified and what not I could go to a dealer and start off in a higher position than what most normal people would off the street would do."
"It like prepares you for your future career if this is what you want to do when you grow up," said Denham High School senior Chase Albin. "People that have a passion and just love working on cars, this is for them."
With a nationwide shortage of mechanics and technicians, the program steers students toward automotive careers. Students can earn up to 20 hours of college credit each year in the two-year program.
"The skills based needs especially in Louisiana is massive. From an automotive standpoint there are dealerships that I meet with, and there are other people I meet with that work for dealerships that just need technicians," said instructor Joshua Murphy. "They need quality kids to come out and sometimes start at $20 an hour depending on your certifications coming out."
The course also prepares students to take the Automotive Service Excellence Certification.