South Bryant Campus Auto Body Repair adult students Delbert Butler and Willie Cramer, Jr. spent summer break restoring Delbert’s 1970 Cutlas as part of their curriculum. The car required extensive repair including rust hole restoration, a new hood and a new paint job.
“Both men quickly met the expectations I set for them in the classroom, so I let them work on restoring Delbert's car as part of live work experience," Mr. Smith said.
Delbert and Willie credit their teacher with much of their success in the program.
“Mr. Smith is incredible. He teaches us details, gives us life lessons and teaches us about work ethic. Because of him, I have tool knowledge, can fix cars and I feel prepared for a career,” Willie said.
Delbert and Willie got their chance to shine at the end of the year when Service King came and spoke to students about career options with their company. A member of the Auto Body Repair Advisory Committee, Service King was looking to hire two paid interns and had already been to several schools across Oklahoma.
“Service King took one look at the car Delbert and Willie were working on and offered them the internships on the spot. They both start in August.”
After one year with Service King, both will be making $40,000 - $100,000 per year depending on volume of work, and after two years, Service King provides them with a toolbox containing $10,000 worth of tools that is theirs to keep.