HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) - For the past two years the Copper Country Ford dealership has brought Ford's Automotive Career Exploration program to the Copper Country ISD's automotive tech program.
"Before Ford came along with their online training certification courses, it was unheard of to have high school student be certified in Ford training before they graduated high school. It opens up opportunities for students from this school," said David Johnson, owner of Copper Country Ford.
The training certifies the students to work as an auto tech in any Ford auto shop. However, the training can also help them elsewhere.
"It really benefit's the students. Even though the Ford name is on the material, it's all industry standard. It's all high quality content material, so the assignments that the students do are really top notch," said David Narhi, the automotive technology instructor at the Copper Country ISD.
Wednesday, Copper Country Ford donated a brand new 2013 Ford Focus for the students to practice their skills on.
"This is a really big deal for us here at the school to be able to have a vehicle donated that has a little bit newer technology. Within the automotive industry, technology is always evolving and changing very rapidly, in essence no two jobs are the same," added Narhi.
With the fast paced advancements in the auto industry, Narhi makes sure his students are keeping up with the new technology.
"Our technology is just driving so fast, and at an alarming rate. So this is a very good field to be in and you just always have keep learning," said Narhi.