In the United States 22% of the workforce is employed in the transportation sector. There are over 250 million passenger vehicles, 15 million commercial trucks, and 7 million motorcycles operating on the roads today. There are also millions of industrial, agricultural and construction vehicles being used daily. Add in the popularity of ATVs, UTVs, boats, and personal watercraft, and you can see why the future of employment in transportation sector continues to grow at such a rapid rate.
The need to keep people and goods moving throughout the United States has produced one of the largest employment sectors in the nation. As vehicles become more complex, the need for highly trained people to keep America moving continues to grow. There are many different types of vehicles and service fields within the transportation technology sector.
The Iredell-Statesville Schools Automotive Technology Center opened in 1996 as the system’s first centrally located program with 36 students. Today the program serves over 150 students from the system’s five high schools. Advanced students spent half of their day at the home school and half at the Technology Center. In addition, the instructors teach over 250 entry level students at each of the high schools. The program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the Automotive Youth Educational System (AYES).
The Iredell-Statesville Schools Automotive Technology Center is located in a state-of-the-art 50,000+ square foot facility at Iredell-Statesville Schools Career Academy and Technical School campus in Troutman. The I-SS Auto Tech Center has a 24 bay main shop where students can train in a real-world environment. The shop is equipped with 12 computer terminals to provide the student with service information. The facility has an in-house parts store where students can learn parts and service sales skills.
The Iredell-Statesville Schools Automotive and Transportation Technology Program has won numerous state and national awards. In 1997 the program was named the Governor’s Entrepreneurial School of the Year. More recently, in 2015, this program was named Tomorrow’s Tech 2015 School of the Year by Wix Filters and O’Reilly Auto Parts. The I-SS ATC beat out programs from high schools and community colleges throughout the country for this coveted honor. In addition, competition skills teams from the program regularly compete at both the state and national level, winning many awards and scholarships for our students. Our students have now won over $3 million in scholarship offers from many of the top post-secondary schools in the nation.