Unique Kingsville auto shop class inspires, gives back to community
A classic car show in Kingsville benefits shop students and the local food bank alike.
The 7th Annual Kingsville District High School Auto Expo happens today at the high school at 9 a.m. Admission is a canned good.
It's all part of teacher Gord Osbourne's auto shop class.
His class is not your father's auto shop class. Sure, there's the usual auto repair but as part of an apprenticeship training program, the kids get to do advanced work.
Students have created a monster truck out of a Mercedes Benz and converted a gas powered pickup to electric power.
"They're pretty much going to learn everything, right up to the body work," Osbourne said.
Jack Miner's great grandson John Miner, who goes by JT, is currently working on the chassis of a 1948 Chevrolet pickup.
It belongs to a teacher at the high school and when it's finished next year will be a suped up rat rod, worth about $25,000.
It's the latest creation in Osbourne's transportation technology class.
"It has about 120 hours in it right now of actually dedicated work on it," Miner said.
Lindsay Girard is a graduate of Osbourne's class.
She thought she was going to be an early childhood educator, but that changed when she took Osbourne's shop class.
She's now a first-year aviation mechanics student at Mohawk College and is an apprentice at premier aviation in Windsor, where she started as a co-op student.
"They got me in working on the planes and I really enjoyed working on it. It was a whole new environment and interesting," she said. "Now, once I finish my two years of college, I'll have two years of apprenticeship afterwards and after that I can go pretty much anywhere and work."
Girard encourages other girls to get involved too.
"Take a chance. Just try one shop class. Auto shop was a life changer for me," she said.
Friday's auto show runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free but donations to the local food bank are encouraged.