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Santa Fe ECO Auto Shop Program Makes Progress On SEMA Jeep Build

Students from Santa Fe ECO in Santa Fe, New Mexico, are getting closer to completing the 2015 4 WD Jeep Wrangler Unlimited build, as part of the SEMA education pilot program.

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Santa Fe ECO auto students with Sara Morosan of LGS-CTS Motorsports, a sponsor of the Jeep Build. “There is nothing like getting on the road, visiting schools and talking to students about what their passions are within the automotive industry,” said Morosan. “To be honest, it makes me feel like a kid again. I love what I do but sometimes I can treat it like a job and forget how incredibly lucky I am to do what I love every day.” Photo courtesy of SEMA.

Students from Santa Fe Early College Opportunities Applied Science Magnet School (Santa Fe ECO) Auto Tech School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, are getting closer to completing the 2015 4 WD Jeep Wrangler Unlimited build, as part of the SEMA education pilot program designed to support and engage high school students in automotive. Once completed, the Jeep will be auctioned through Bring-A-Trailer in early June to raise funds for the school’s next vehicle build.

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SEMA delivered the jeep to students in February 2017. Since then, the high school students have nearly completed the entire project vehicle with the help of 23 companies contributing parts and SEMA volunteer leaders working with students to help guide the project.

This is what the custom Jeep build will look like when it’s finished. Image courtesy of SEMA.

“The Jeep build created excitement with the students, who were engaged, answering my questions, and asking some of their own,” said Jeremy Headlee of ICON Vehicle Dynamics, a sponsor of the build. “These students represent the fuel that will keep the industry pushing forward, and the program demonstrates to young people that they can make a living doing something they love.”

Students working on the Jeep. Photo courtesy of SEMA.

In early June, the Jeep will be auctioned through Bring-A-Trailer. All of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the school to fund the next vehicle build, thus creating a self-sustaining program for the students. According to SEMA, if the program is successful, this model can be expanded into auto-tech programs around the country and introduce more young people to cool cars and trucks, automotive specialty equipment and potential careers in this segment of the industry.

For information about the Santa Fe ECO Jeep build, visit sema.org/jeep-build.

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