Evanston resident Kobi Evans, 19, was all smiles after graduating from the Automotive Service and Repair Career Pathways Program, a partnership between Oakton Community College, Youth Job Center in Evanston and Evanston Township High School, on July 14.
“This program taught me perseverance and how to stay focused on the task at hand,” said Evans, who plans on attending Oakton this fall. “I learned valuable skills on how to fix cars. And that was something I didn’t know how to do before.”
Established in 2014, the program is geared for young adults between the ages of 18 and 25. Participants gain 200 hours of work experience in an automotive service and repair setting over 11-weeks. Oakton’s Workforce Solutions team developed a customized automotive service and repair curriculum specifically for this program, which is taught at ETHS auto labs. The elements were customized based upon employer feedback regarding desired competencies. It