At the heart of World of Speed is our dedication to education. The past school year demonstrates this through an innovative partnership between the museum, Clackamas Community College and four local school districts. Many high schools lack the facilities and resources to host an automotive education program, so World of Speed and its partners are filling this gap.
Clackamas provides the instructors and curriculum, World of Speed provides the classrooms, technology, tools, automotive bays and administration, and the districts provide the motivated students. The program kicked off with a class from the West Linn-Wilsonville school district in the fall of 2015, and was followed by student cohorts from Canby, North Marion and Tualatin high schools. As part of this program, students take part in classes such as Automotive Fundamentals, General Auto Repair, and Small Engine Repair. The program has now served over 80 high school students, who have earned community college credits along with high school credits. The success is carrying over into students’ schoolwork and plans for their future. Arts and Technology High School Principal Saskia Dresler said of the program, “Participation in the program is boosting school success and college applications from our seniors. Students are motivated by the college credits they are earning in the program to continue their learning and training toward a career in automotive technology.” Daniel Losk of State Farm Insurance, one of the museum’s main sponsors of educational programming, also touts the program’s achievements, stating, “The museum offers a rich learning environment complemented by cutting edge classrooms, technology, tools and automotive bays. The museum has uniquely equipped itself to inspire the next generation of Oregon youth pursuing a career in the automotive industry.” World of Speed wishes to thank all of our sponsors, partners, guest speakers, students, parents, and school administrators who have come together to make the first year of this program a success, and we look forward to adding new districts and students in the coming year.