Following your passion is important. It's the key to a meaningful and fulfilling life. This is precisely what North Platte Community College understood when they let students get involved in a car restoration project that was geared towards bringing old classics back to life.
What does the course entail?
The car restoration program teaches students to open up the cars and combine the look of the classics with the engine and drive of newer models. There are very few programs across the country that offer such a course and this is what adds to the appeal of it.
Made up of four semesters, the students work on automotive technology in the first two semesters and then move on to auto body training. The best part is that there are a lot of hands-on experiences provided where students put everything they learned to the test.
They are forced to raze the car down to its basic metal and then transform the vehicle into a thing of beauty. Customizing these vintage vehicles to provide a good drive certainly isn’t easy, but students who complete this course are usually capable of doing it.
According to the curriculum that North Platte Community College sets out for its students, the month of February is always one that involves technical training. It is called ‘Career and Technical Education’ month. The month is dedicated towards the practical application of all that the students have learned over the duration of the course.
A Car Enthusiast’s Dream
Kent Silvester, one of the many students there, who is driven by a passion for old classics, would travel every morning for an hour and a half, just so that he could learn to restore old cars at NPCC. Although the journey from Imperial to North Platte is long, he is not deterred by the distance.
After retiring from his regular job, Silvester grabbed the opportunity to take a course in car restoration so that he could then use his knowledge to fine tune his own car. This car restoration program offered by the North Platte Community College, which brings old classics back to life, is designed in such a way that on completion of the course, students can choose to return back and fix their own cars.
A Hectic, Fun-Filled Course
The course begins at 8:00 am every morning. Getting there that early is probably one of the biggest hassles that students coming from far have to face. Don Wilson, one of the instructors of the program, says that this in itself requires a sense of dedication because once the students get here, they are there until 3:00 pm.
For those that are interested in following their passion for cars and spending their time bringing classics back to life, the NPCC course is a fun-filled program that provides intensive training, enabling you to fix your own car once you are done with the course. So, if this sounds like something you're interested in, get in touch with the college before the month of August to be a part of the next course.