Tech Program In Medford Grows
Medford Student Gains Real-World Experience at Wheelers Chevrolet. This spring, Medford Area Senior High School junior Winston Sapinski began working after school and on Saturdays at Wheeler Chevrolet as part of the school’s Automotive Technician Internship.
“Winston is in the technician development program through Wheeler Chevrolet,” said Davey Sapinski, Tech Ed Teacher at Medford Area Senior High. “His job duties include oil and filter changes, used vehicle inspections, and some light duty work such as replacing wheel bearings, and brake pads and rotors.”
Winston has always had an interest in mechanics, and through this program, he is able to gain real-world experience in his intended career field.
“This opportunity allows students to work with professionals in their interest area and helps them gain valuable hands-on experience,” said Davey. “It is my belief that this helps students understand what daily life is like as an automotive technician. This experience helps them decide if they are truly interested in becoming a technician.”
The student involved in the program begins working through an employment partnership during their senior year of high school. Upon high school graduation, the student is sent to GM schooling through Wheelers Chevrolet and will sign on to work for the Wheeler family for an initial five years.
Davey credits Mary Jo and the entire Wheeler family, as well as Wheeler employees, for taking interest and helping students become successful in the automotive field.
“Mary Jo Wheeler has been instrumental in setting this program up & partnering with myself through the Medford School District,” said Davey. “She is very involved and excited to develop young new technicians. This partnership will help keep our students working locally in a very interesting and ever-changing career.”