Students Tour Sewell Dealer Properties, Interview for Jobs
Automotive and collision students from five Fort Worth Independent School District recently received an inside look at a local car dealer’s shops and collision centers. The tour culminated with an opportunity interview for a job with the dealer later this week.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, May 1 and 2, more than 100 high school juniors from Trimble Tech, North Side, Dunbar, O.D. Wyatt and Polytechnic high schools toured Sewell’s Lexus and Infiniti shops and its collision center in Fort Worth. They discussed with Sewell employees’ steps to becoming an auto technician and learning about the sales and customer services sides of the business, and how what students are learning in class is implemented in real-life job settings. On Thursday, May 3, some of the students participating in the tours will interview for paid practicums and summer internships with the company.
“That’s one of our goals - to get them hired in their junior year for an internship or paid practicum,” said Vanessa Ritenour, FWISD business and industry coordinator for career and technical education. “It gives them the work experience in order to test for the industry exam.”
Students must have two years of experience, one in the classroom and one year of on-the-job training, to qualify for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. The certification provides students the credentials for obtaining an entry-level automotive job upon graduating.
The automotive and collision students prepared for the question-and-answer portion of the tour, wrote resumes and journal entries on the objective of college and career readiness as part of assignments associated with the tour. Follow-up assignments will include additional journal entries.
Additionally, Sewell donated polo shirts to students participating in the tour that included their school colors and embroidery with the automobile program they participate in.
Sewell has partnered with the District for many years, and FWISD thanks the dealership for its support of our students.
Learn more about FWISD’s automotive technology offerings here.