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CTE Month Feature 4: Automotive Technology

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February is Career and Technical Education Month, a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. To help Sulphur Springs High School celebrate CTE Month, KSST’s high school interns have compiled short videos featuring a few of the CTE programs offered at SSHS. One will be featured each week during CTE Month.

Automotive Technology

KSST intern Jamie Cervantes interviewed automotive technology teacher Michael Rhodes about the automotive tech program at SSHS. Rhodes is a new teacher at SSHS this year, but not new to teaching nor to automotive repair as he has past experience with both.

In this program, students learn a little bit of everything, from the basics of tools in an auto shop to engine and suspension diagnostics and repair. The course includes a lot of hands-on work and does require critical thinking. Rhodes works to incorporate topics from core courses to better show students their practical use in real life scenarios. This course is a great stepping stone for students interested in a career in the automotive industry which ranges from oil and tire technician to master technician, automotive engineering, service technician and after market OEM manufacturers.

This program offers students the opportunity to compete in Skills USA events for not only experience and recognition by their peers, but also opportunities to earn scholarships. In the last 5 years, he’s had four champions in his classes.


Be sure to stay tuned to KSST Radio 1230, check out www.KSSTradio.com and the KSST social media accounts to ensure you don’t miss these weekly CTE features. If you missed the first two, be sure to the check them out at the links below:

Week 1: Interior Design Class – Architecture Program

Week 2: Design and Multimedia Arts Program – Graphic Design I and Advanced Graphic Design

Week 1: Interior Design Class – Architecture Program

Week 2: Design and Multimedia Arts Program – Graphic Design I and Advanced Graphic Design

Week 3: Principles of Health Science, Principles of Exercise Science and Wellness, & Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness Classes – Exercise Science And Wellness, And Health Science Programs

Also, check out the mayoral proclamation of February as CTE Month in Sulphur Springs and Sharing CTE With Rotary Club

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Author: Faith Huffman

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