World of Speed's Education Program featured on KGW!


From Carly Marshall at KGW News

WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- The World of Speed Museum in Wilsonville is filling the gap left by budget cuts to shop classes in high school.

Several times a week, high-school students fill the repair bays and classrooms at the museum,

“Ever since I was 3 years old I’ve been a gear head,” said student Trevor Thoma. "I hope someday I can restore old cars.”  

The nonprofit museum partners with the West Linn/Wilsonville School District and recently added Canby and North Marion students.

“There is a real shortage of mechanics,” said Executive Director David Schaeffer. ”We want to educate the next generation.”

The students begin with a basic automotive class. They can earn high school and community college credits.

“It has increased their performance at school,” said Schaeffer. “They have to keep their overall grades up to come here.”

“Who wouldn’t want to come here?” asked Thomas as he looked around at the vintage cars on display. “This has to be better than any high school shop class.”