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Students at work in our Automotive Learning Center.

Students at work in our Automotive Learning Center.


World of Speed isn’t just a place to feature historic race cars, boats, and motorcycles that tell the story of motorsports culture. It’s also a place to inspire and to ignite the spark of imagination in everyone. For some young people, however, the challenge isn’t getting inspired. The challenge is finding the educational opportunity.

We help them meet that challenge.

Through our partnership with six school districts and Clackamas Community College, more than 100 students take automotive classes here at World of Speed every day. Our Learning Center is equipped with 10 automotive bays and lifts, two state-of-the-art classrooms, and all the equipment, supplies, and cars that a program like ours requires. At no cost to them, students earn dual high school and community college credits.

We frequently have industry leaders meet with our students and tell them about the many opportunities that are available in the automotive industry. We recently learned from one of these representatives that one student had caught his attention during last year’s visit. This student’s name was Isaac, and he was one of 80 students who had graduated from our automotive program last year.

That same industry representative also worked with the summer program on Automotive Troubleshooting … which Isaac attended, too, and he continued to impress. During the Troubleshooting Tournament, the representative introduced Isaac to a service manager from Landmark Ford, a Ford dealership in Tigard.

In the end, not only did Landmark offer Isaac a job, but also a sponsorship for the Ford ASSET program at Mt. Hood Community College! Through this program, Isaac will work at the Ford dealership while taking classes; when the two-year program is over, he will have an Associate Degree from Mt. Hood and will be nearly finished earning his Master Service Technician certificate.


  Isaac and his classmate Sydney collect their Troubleshooting Tournament award.

 Isaac and his classmate Sydney collect their Troubleshooting Tournament award.


Isaac now has a path to the future he’d dreamed of, and it was made possible because of friends like you who believe in the mission of the World of Speed Motorsports Museum. We invite you to give the gift of learning.

Won’t you make a gift today to the World of Speed Motorsports Museum? Your gift today will help us inspire students like Isaac, and fund the equipment, staffing, and computer technology we need to expand our programs.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

David Schaeffer

Executive Director

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