Skilled to Work: Collision repair at Tupelo High School

A local high school is teaching students skills necessary in the workforce and life.

Posted: Nov 18, 2019 5:36 PM
Updated: Nov 19, 2019 9:42 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Tupelo High School is teaching students skills necessary in the workforce and life.

The collision repair program at the high school was created to give students an opportunity to learn about cars in a hands-on environment.

Kolton Hudson is a senior and a second-year student in the program.

He is following in his grandfather’s footsteps and learning what it takes to become a mechanic.

Hudson said having an opportunity to learn about collision repair in high school is amazing.

“It’s cool to be able to learn these skills right now," he said. "I’ve learned so much in two years, and I actually get to do something I enjoy now."

Instructor Derek Bradley not only teaches students about cars but also how to care for others and have a strong work ethic.

The class created an initiative called “Sharing at Christmas," which is a bike giveaway.

Students fix up old bikes and give them away to families that may not be able to afford a new bike. The giveaway will be in December.

The collision repair class is also holding a car show on Saturday at Tupelo High School.

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