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Ohio Technical College (OTC) has partnered with Championship Auto Shows’ Student Career Day program to encourage high school students to consider jobs in the automotive industry.
Championship Auto Shows producers of the World of Wheels, AutoRama and Cavalcade of Customs car shows throughout North America started Student Career Day as an initiative to support automotive educational programs at schools by exposing students to the wide range of opportunities in the industry. Student Career Day brings groups of high school juniors and seniors to visit the shows before they open to the public and hear guest speakers talk about career opportunities.
"We are excited to be partnering on this program where we’ll bring 400 to 500 students to our events and get them interested in an automotive career," said Bob Lawson, show manager, Championship Auto Shows, and OTC graduate. "We’re glad OTC is reaching out to these students to explain the various career options they have to offer."
As part of the program, Ohio Technical College will take its airbrush demonstration the "Evolution of Life Fuel Your Future Road Show" to four AutoRama events:
Pittsburgh Jan. 22, 2010
Detroit Feb. 26, 2010
Chicago March 5, 2010
Boston March 12-14, 2010
OTC’s road show features a 75-foot tractor trailer that OTC has customized as a mobile classroom complete with practice airbrush stations and school videos. Famed professional airbrush artist Richard Markham, who is an instructor for OTC’s Custom Paint and Graphics program, will demonstrate airbrush techniques and shares details of the school’s 12-week course that teaches airbrushing, 3-D paint effects, exotic paint, chameleon colors, flames and pinstriping.
The trailer is also carrying three of Markham’s famous custom cars: "The Devil’s Ride" (1934 Ford 3-window Coupe), the "Ice Car" (2000 Toyota Celica) and the "Pumping Iron" (1932 Ford), which students will be able to check out during the events. Students can also enter a drawing for a chance to win a scholarship to OTC.
"Student Career Day is an excellent way to not only share our school’s unique Custom Paint and Graphics course, but also to showcase the wide variety of technician training programs we offer ranging from Auto-Diesel and Classic Car Restoration to PowerSport Technology, Alternative Fuel Vehicles and more," said Tom King, director of enrollment management at OTC. "We are committed to providing students with the advanced education needed to secure exciting, rewarding jobs in the automotive industry."