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Donation designed to develop students into automotive service workers

The Gettel Automotive Group donated $25,000 to the Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair program at Parrish Community High to develop and employ young, skilled, local students for jobs in the automotive service field.

A special ceremony to commemorate the donation was held in the Automotive Center at Parrish Community High on Thursday, January 19th, 2023.


Students and instructors will be on hand during and after the ceremony to speak about the program and to demonstrate some of the repairs and skills being taught and learned.

“We are extremely grateful for the large contribution Gettel Automotive has made to our automotive program,” said Principal Craig Little. “Their generosity and partnership will contribute to our program's goal of becoming one of the best in the state.”


Specific Courses and Certifications offered through the program include Automotive Service Safety and Service Pollution Prevention; Engine Repair; Brakes; Electrical; Heating; A/C; Engine Performance; Suspension; and Steering, according to PCHS Automotive Teacher Sherman Ballard.

“What I hope to achieve is to give students the confidence to safely use the tools and diagnostic equipment with a proper approach to repair,” Mr. Ballard said.