The students at R.L. Turner working on the SEMA build had the opportunity to network with 10 industry members on their home turf. SEMA members paid a visit to the high school to see the progress of the Jeep build and get to know the students behind the build. Many of the students have an interest in pursuing a career in the automotive field. Some are even specifically interested in a career with LLumar window tint, one of the visiting companies, according to instructor Nick Yosten. The students were impressed with the members who came out and shared their passion for the industry and the multitude of opportunities available.
"Meeting with the auto tech students at R.L. Turner High School was an absolute treat" says Nathan Ridnouer, SEMA VP of Members who accompanied the industry members on the visit. "Not only did we get tremendous insight into their studies, but so much more. Through these types of partnerships and Jeep builds, we are discovering that students long for a program that incorporates an opportunity for creativity and teamwork. Working on a build project where the students get to design, troubleshoot and then install provides help to fulfill this need."
Thank you to the SEMA members who visited:
After the visit, LLumar window films returned to the high school to perform a product demo and installation of window tint. "It was a honor to demonstrate and share with the students our passion of the window film industry when visiting the SEMA JEEP build at R.L. Tuner High School. We enjoyed talking to them about the career opportunities available within this field for individuals that are driven and want to make a difference with the products and services provided by LLumar Performance Films. It's exciting to see so much interest from the students and we hope that sharing some of our techniques and knowledge sparked a hunger to learn more about the window film industry." -Steven Sala, LLumar Dealer Account Manager
Written by: Joe Gomez, Atturo Tire
We received a warm welcome from the students and staff at R.L. Turner High School. As we pulled up, we weren't sure of where to go exactly, but then like magic, the garage door rolled open. As it raised slowly, we could see shoes, a vehicle lift, eager faces, and a Jeep hanging in the air. We knew we were in the right place. The students and instructor gave us a tour of their workshop, where every tool was in its place, floors were clean, and the fun projects laid there waiting for the students to operate on them.
Their instructor, Nicholas Yosten detailed the Automotive Technology program at R.L. Turner High School. The faculty and administration work hard to create a challenging atmosphere that will prepare students for a future in the automotive industry, but the influence goes beyond the hands-on work in the garage. Students are expected to successfully complete pre-work aimed to instill responsibility, punctuality and team building before starting the work in the garage.
Then it was time to see the Jeep. As the students walked us around it, they were showing us they work that had been completed and pointed out where they will be making some modifications to install the new parts.
We showed the students the custom Jeeps we brought with us and it was a really fun experience to swap shop stories between industry professionals and high school students. They were intrigued by the work we had done to our vehicles. They asked questions and we explained why we made certain choices.
We are excited to see the coming phases of the build process and hope they have as much fun as possible with all the hard work they are putting in.
R.L. Turner High School, located in Carrollton, Texas is partnering with the Specialty Equipment Market Association for their high school vehicle build program. Students of the high school auto tech program will be customizing a 2004 Jeep Wrangler X before the end of the 2019 school year.
The program, aimed to provide an educational, hands on experience while introducing high school students to the customization hobby has generated interest from the industry. Many companies have raised their hands to support the builds through product donations. At the point of launch, R.L. Turner High School has great support from the following companies:
If you are interested in supporting R.L. Turner High School's build, you may fill out this product donation form or contact Katie Hurst.
Students at R.L. Turner high school have a long history and passion for automobiles and accessorizing their vehicles. Photos in yearbooks dating back to the 1960's that highlight the school's hot rod club. Today, many students have a desire to make modifications and upgrades to their personal vehicles, but do not have the resources or funds to make that happen. The auto shop class, which is a NATEF Accredited Program, provides an outlet and learning opportunities for students interested in the automotive field. With a fully equipped, state of the art facility, students learn both basic and advanced techniques in automotive technician, collision and repair, fabrication and more.
The students at R.L. Turner will be building a 2004 Jeep Wrangler X as part of the 2019 SEMA High School Vehicle Build. The Jeep will be sold at the end of the school year and proceeds will go towards funding another vehicle build for the school.