While hands-on work and love for cars and just a few viable reasons to pursue a career as an auto service tech, many things motivate people to become a highly-skilled technicians. One such reason is that a career in auto service nearly guarantees employability around the world. Sure the economy might decline and consumers might not be buying new cars. But one thing is definite, vehicles will always need maintenance, and someone will always be looking for a high-skilled individual who is trained in the ever-growing technical field of auto service.
A good technician can always find employment, and that is exactly what Creedon Gilleland is learning at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma.
While many students are spending tens of thousands of dollars to attend college, Gilleland, a high school student at Anadarko, is enrolled (tuition-free) in the Auto Service Tech program at CKTC. If successful, he will graduate from high school with the bonus of having a skilled trade and well on his way to being a certified Auto Service Technician.
“Students like Gilleland can use their training at CKTC as a stepping stone into college,” reported Instructor Brandon Smith. “Or they can go straight to work in their chosen industry to become successful, productive citizens.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics was $40,710 in May 2018. Even more, the BLS reports that job opportunities for qualified job seekers should be outstanding.
“Great teachers utilize a variety of methods and materials to provide students with the needed skills to be successful. Our hands-on training gives students practical and unique opportunities for skill attainment,” said Superintendent Tony Hancock. “At CKTC, we are committed to keeping our programs up to industry standards and giving great teachers the resources necessary to equip each student with a skill set that allows them to move successfully through the pathway of their choice. “www.mycktc.com or by calling 405.643.5511. CKTC is a proud member of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, which provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts.