Kingsville Independent School District recently announced the it has been selected as a recipient for the Jobs in Education for Texas (JET) grant, provided by Workforce Solutions. KISD has been awarded a little over $150,000, and funds will be used to upgrade the Automotive Program at H.M. King Early College High School.
"Receiving this award is truly astonishing," said Mr. Thomas Cantu, Automotive Teacher for HMK ECHS.
The funding awarded to the Automotive Program will be used to purchase new equipment.
"Cars are not made the way they used to be," said Cantu. "Everything is becoming more computerized. With new equipment, our students will be able to be up to date with what is currently used in the industry, and things such as diagnostics and repairs can be done quicker than before," said Cantu.
The Automotive Program at HMK ECHS ranges from engine rebuilding to collision repairs. The students also work on regular maintenance, such as oil changes.
Students who enter the program begin with the basics and move on to hands-on work their junior and senior year. Many immediately enter the workforce after graduating from high school, and some continue to further their training by attending institutions that focus rigorously on Auto Mechanics, such as Universal Technical Institute.
"Many of our students find working on these vehicles allows them to reboot their minds," said Cantu. "They know everything they do in working on a vehicle must strategically be done without error, because the smallest error could mean beginning from scratch once again".