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World of Speed Makes Voting Round in State Farms Neighborhood Assist® $25,000 Grant Competition
Local motorsports museum seeks support to win $25,000 grant for automotive-education program
WILSONVILLE, Ore. (Aug. 15, 2018) — World of Speed, a Wilsonville, Ore.-based nonprofit motorsports museum, is proud to announce that it has made it to the voting round in the State Farms Neighborhood Assist® $25,000 grant competition. World of Speed Motorsports Museum is the only Oregon entrant to make it into the top 200 with its cause: to ignite a passion for cars and mechanical engineering in high school students. World of Speed will use the $25,000 grant to help financially struggling high schools stay in its automotive-education program by paying college tuition fees and transportation costs.
World of Speed hosts nine area high schools for automotive career and technical education (CTE) classes in its two high-tech classrooms and 11-bay auto shop. The program is a unique collaboration between World of Speed, the local high schools, Clackamas Community College, and area businesses to provide comprehensive STEM-based education no single organization or school could offer alone. The high schools in the program include Canby, Lake Oswego, Lakeridge, North Marion, Sherwood, Tualatin, West Linn, Wilsonville High School, and Wilsonville Arts and Technology High School.
Career and technical education programs in Oregon help improve graduation rates by 14 percent, but fewer than 10 percent of Oregon high schools offer automotive programs. Students in World of Speed’s program earn up to nine college credits and, at the end of the year-long program, are well on their way to Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification.
For many students, participation in the program is often a turning point — it keeps them in school, improves their self-confidence and attitude, increases their GPA, and puts them on the path to a living-wage job. Last school year, 81 percent of the students said the program helped them be more self-confident and 72 percent planned to pursue post-secondary education after graduation.
“Administrators have been singing the praises of kids they never thought would go on to get a secondary degree,” says World of Speed Education Director R. Lewis Ferguson. “The kids aren’t just thinking ‘I can do it,’ they’re thinking ‘I am doing it.’”
World of Speed needs your help to reach the top 40 and receive a $25,000 grant. Anyone over 18 with a valid email address can vote up to 10 times per day, August 15–24, at NeighborhoodAssist.com/entry/2011109. World of Speed’s website, worldofspeed.org, will also have a link to the voting page.
About World of Speed
World of Speed is an educational motorsports museum, where historic race cars, boats, and motorcycles tell the story of America’s iconic car culture and its leadership role in the world of racing. It encompasses many aspects and types of motorsports, from drag racing and land speed racing to open-wheel racing, NASCAR, and more. Through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities, World of Speed offers an exciting behind-the-scenes look at the racing world.
The museum is funded by income from sponsorships, foundations, admissions, corporate and individual memberships, and from events held at the museum. World of Speed is a 501(C)(3) public charity. For more information, please visit: worldofspeed.org.