GREEN BAY - A career in the automotive industry can sometimes be difficult to come by. But more than 100 students at Green Bay East High School are getting a big advantage that's putting them ahead of their peers.
Rene Noriega is a third-year student in the automotive program. It teaches students exactly how vehicles work, and gives them hands-on training to repair or replace car parts.
"This is the career I want to pursue after high school," Rene said.
"The big thing is taking the other skills they already learn in school and applying them, and seeing that those skills actually mean something in the real world," said Automotive Instructor, Rick Sawyer.
About 150 high schoolers are currently enrolled in the auto program. Instructors say it gives students a leg up in the industry.
"This sets them up to be ahead of their peers at post-secondary school, like NWTC or a private tech school," Sawyer said.
Both Sawyer and Rene encourage any student who might be interested in the program to give it a shot.
"A class like this can make school a little more fun. Makes it easier to show up for the whole day," said Sawyer.
"Do it," said Rene. "You'll have fun, you'll learn a lot, honestly. Whatever you don't know, you'll walk out of here knowing it."