Last updated: February 21. 2014 8:21PM - 625 Views
Bethany J. Royer

The Upper Valley Career Center Automotive Technologies area offers state-of-the-art equipment and hands-on training for students.
The Upper Valley Career Center Automotive Technologies area offers state-of-the-art equipment and hands-on training for students.
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By Bethany J. Royer

Staff Writer


Editor’s Note: This is part eleven of a continuing series on donations and the Upper Valley Career Center. Part one ran Saturday, Nov. 30, part two Dec. 7, part three Dec. 21, part four Dec. 28, part five Jan. 11, part six Jan. 18., part seven Jan. 25., part eight Feb. 1., part nine Feb. 8, part 10 on Feb. 15.

PIQUA — Over the course of several months this on-going series has looked at donations and the many programs offered at the Upper Valley Career Center. Terry Krogman, instructional supervisor, providing a look into many of the unique programs that includes design and digital print technologies, horticulture and landscape management, pre-engineering and design technologies, to name a few.

The story behind donations culminated into a series after the arrival of a 1997 Chevy Monte Carlo, still in relatively good shape and with some 190,000 miles to the auto services program.

“This is the one Stu donated to us,” said Krogman as he pointed out the Monte Carlo donated by long-time Piqua resident, Stu Shear. The donation was parked amongst other vehicles that had either been donated to the program or belonged to local individuals who had brought their cars to the department for maintenance.

Donations such as Shear’s play an important part in the success behind many of the Upper Valley Career Center programs, with Krogman working closely with all kinds of donations made to the school. A process that includes approval from the Board of Education for the item(s), along with a letter of thanks. A procedure explained by the instructor in part two of this series where plans for the donation(s) are explained to the donating party so as to make sure, “They understand it will always go back to help the students in some way, shape or form.”

Those forms may see to the item being disassembled and using the parts for educational purposes, selling parts as scrap, with monies going back into the program or selling the item in its entirety at public auction with funds going back to the school.

Note the theme at Upper Valley Career Center, no matter the outcome, donations will always be used to aid students and programs such as the auto services program. A program — as Shear had expressed back in November — impressive and state-of-the art with students learning far more automotive repair skills than, “When I went to school in the late 1960’s.”

In fact, students in the auto services program at Upper Valley Career Center learn not only basic auto service skills such as oil and lube services, but to balance and repair tires and perform engine overhaul. Krogman pointing out the high-tech equipment to aid in the process so as students work on performance and drivability, if a vehicle has a check engine light come on, for example, they have the proper equipment on-hand to diagnosis the issue.

As further explained by Krogman, the Upper Valley Career Center auto services program (and other programs at the school) offers college credit to students so they may further their career in the field at such facilities as Sinclair Community College or Northeastern University.

Graduates can pursue career potentials such as an automotive detail specialist, parts salesperson or even an independent garage owner.

“About every program we have, we have a college connection,” said Krogman as the Upper Valley Career Center focuses on post-secondary education, providing students an ability to achieve the credits necessary to take them to the next level in their career pursuit. “We continue to update that and make those accommodations.”

Some of those accommodations include the equipment necessary both in the field and in terms of their education such as laptops available to all junior and senior students.

As Krogman led the way from the auto services department and the attending students cleaning workstations as the school day came to a close, the Monte Carlo remained, it’s future still in the air at the time of the interview. And as we near full circle in this series the question is — will they disassemble, sell or possibly reward the vehicle to a student?

Stay tuned …

Bethany J. Royer may be reached at 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

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