AUTOMOTIVE LEARNING CENTER
World of Speed provides educational opportunities for high school students in Career and Technical Education.
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. This innovative program is the result of a partnership between school districts, World of Speed, and Clackamas Community College. Clackamas College provides the instructors and curriculum, World of Speed provides the classrooms, technology, tools, and automotive bays, and the districts provide the motivated students. First year students take part in classes such as Automotive Fundamentals, General Auto Repair, and Small Engine Repair. An advanced class, General Auto Repair II, was added during the 2018-2019 school year, allowing students to return and take part in more in-depth projects. Students who take all four classes earn Basic Engine Technology certification. In addition to the Clackamas curriculum, students get behind-the-scenes tours of World of Speed exhibits, and the chance to hear industry professionals share their experiences. Students also receive career skills training as part of the Johnson-Moreland Career Skills Program, and take part in workshops focusing on resume and cover letter development, networking, and interview skills.
The program started in 2015 with a class of 22 students, and has grown to serve nine high schools and over 120 students daily, including students from Arts & Technology (Wilsonville), Canby, Lake Oswego, Lakeridge, North Marion, Sherwood, Tualatin, West Linn, and Wilsonville high schools. At the conclusion of these courses, students will have earned community college credits along with their high school credits. Tualatin High School Associate Principal Jarvis Gomes said of the partnership, “World of Speed has given our students at Tualatin High School an exceptional opportunity to learn auto mechanics at a state-of-the-art facility. We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership and experience for our students.” We’re excited too!
If you would like to offer your skills and expertise to help with this program, we would welcome the chance to discuss opportunities with you. We are always looking for guest speakers who would be willing to share their experience with students. Please see program contact information at the bottom of this page.