Cars donated to auto mechanics classes

Derik Vanderford Staff Writer

September 20, 2013

UNION — Two local businesses donated cars to high school auto mechanics classes to give students a better hands-on learning experience.

On Wednesday, three cars were donated by two local businesses to the CATE (Career and Technology Education) Center at Union County High School.

CATE Center Director Kevin Morrow said the three cars — two of which were donated by Allstate Insurance, and one by Lucky’s Scrap Metal — will be used for a number of demonstration purposes in auto mechanics classes at the center.

“We get a lot of parts, but not a lot of cars,” Morrow said, explaining that the students will learn to take the cars apart and put them back together. “These are running, and we can use them for any purpose.”

Allstate Senior Claims Manager Manning Jeter, who is also a member of the Union County Board of School Trustees, said the cars will give the students hands-on repair experience, which will serve them well in the workforce.

“Students need something to have hands-on time with to develop their skills,” Jeter said. “You can teach a kid out of a book. You can allow him to walk around the shop and show him items and tell him what they are, but hands-on time with repairing makes it much better.”