By ELIZABETH LARSON, Lake County News
LOWER LAKE, CA A new educational facility at Lower Lake High School will offer students the chance to learn valuable career skills and also will help fill a need for well trained and certified automotive mechanics.
The high school’s new auto shop had its grand opening in a small ceremony on Wednesday evening.
Dana Moore, Konocti Unified School District’s director of classified services, said the new building is 3,600 square feet, with eight automotive repair bays, a classroom, tool room and locker room.
Work began on the shop last September and was completed in April, according to Bill Gabe, the auto shop teacher.
Lower Lake’s automotive program the only one of its kind in Lake County also will certify students as mechanics, said MacDougall.
“That will put our students ahead of the game,” he said.
The shop will be a place where students will be able to take the test to become certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, or ASE.
Among the disciplines offered, Gabe’s students will learn every aspect of automotive repair, from taking work orders through body repair and painting techniques, with an emphasis placed on making cars safe.
He said the shop also has a muscle car project and is building a Jammer to compete at the Lakeport Speedway.
In addition to high school auto shop classes, the shop will host night college classes in automotive repair, Gabe said.
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