In honor of Ground Hogs Day, Independence High School’s Department of Engineering sent students out into the local business community to job shadow with prospective employers and to try out potential career options. Manchester Auto and Tire of Mint Hill sponsored Kenneth Back who spent the day learning to change oil, balance tires and perform preventive maintenance.
Kenneth is a senior at Independence and has enlisted in the Army Reserve and hopes to attend UNCC in the fall in the Automotive Technology Program. Manchester Auto and Tire enthusiastically agreed to participate in the program after Alyssa English the program coordinator promoted the job shadowing program at January’s Mint Hill Chamber meeting. There is a shortage of qualified skilled trade workers and many students are not aware that these programs exist. “We are always looking for great talent and encourage students to explore options that can lead to long term career options in the automotive field” said owner Ken Manchester. “Many people overlook these opportunities and don’t realize the income potential”. In the past it was assumed this was a career choice for someone who wasn’t “college material” now it takes knowledge in science, engineering and computers to work in this industry.