West Springfield HS Student Demonstrates Benefits of High Tech Career in Auto Tech to Classmates

School News
March 03, 2020

Richards doing a demonstrationWest Springfield High students learned about available Automotive Technology classes and careers from a WSHS senior who has a job lined up in the field after graduation.  West Springfield’s Kody Richards, who is in his third year of the Auto Tech class at Edison Academy, discussed his experiences and future plans with a group of 16 students.  The students saw two model engines and watched a demonstration in the parking lot on how to check a car engine’s oil and use jumper cables for a dead battery.   Richards was recently featured in a national magazine for his accomplishments, including being one of the recipients of a paid internship with the Fairfax County Department of Vehicle Services. He plans to transition to a full-time position after graduation. Richards shared that he has always preferred to learn using a more hands-on approach and likes the need to know more about technology when working on vehicles today.  After the presentation, more than half the students indicated they were now interested in Auto Tech careers. The hands-on materials used in this presentation were funded by a work-based learning grant from the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools, and included collaboration between staff members (Auto Tech Academy teacher, Employment and Transition representative, Speech Language clinician and Government teacher) to help coordinate this student expert presentation. Contact Rebecca Cousins at rmcousins@fcps.edu