Well-known trade association selects automotive program at Hylton High School for special project
Posted on 05/07/2019
Students in the automotive program at Hylton High with jeep frameThe award-winning automotive technology program at Hylton High School has caught the eye of SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association), a well-known trade association in the industry. SEMA selected Hylton High as one of five schools nationwide to participate in a special Jeep build.

The Jeep build project involves completely disassembling the vehicle, which includes removing the engine components and the body from the frame and rebuilding it into a better vehicle. Students repainted the frame and the differentials and then added a Rancho Suspension lifting kit. They have also replaced the spark plugs, valve cover gaskets, and water pump. Recently, AJ Carney, SEMA senior manager for education services, visited the school to meet the students and see their work.

SEMA has coordinated much of the parts donations, but the project has also received support from local businesses and SPARK, the education foundation for PWCS. Much of the Jeep build and many other projects that the students are working on are featured in their YouTube show ‘Bulldog Builds.’

“We have the absolute best automotive program in the state,” said Ed Stevens, automotive teacher at Hylton High School. He can confidently tout being the best, because his students consistently take top honors at the many events they compete in throughout the nation. The competitions not only give students a chance to test their skills, but many of the prizes include scholarship money.

The school division’s automotive technology four-year program is a National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accredited program of study taught by ASE certified auto technicians that prepares graduates for the Automotive Service Excellence exams. Many students in the Hylton High School automotive technology program are able to enter the workforce right after graduation and some even begin working in the field while still in high school.

This CTE program is also hosted by Osbourn Park High School. It is a transfer program, meaning students accepted into the program will transfer schools if they are not already a student at either Hylton High or Osbourn Park High.