Over the last 15 years the Power Sports Technician program has had the fortunate opportunity to work with the EETC. Through this connection, the Power Sports Technician program has benefited with factory technical support and training as well as thousands of dollars of donated engines. In the last two years the program has received 50 new Briggs and Stratton engines and 15 new Kohler engines to be used to train students in engine repair. With the donation of these engines, the program and students also gain access to factory- level training and certification. This support and training provide vital information for students to build their skills and knowledge as they work toward national certification offered by the EETC.
Power Sports Technology Instructor John Winch accepted the award at the EETC Annual Conference held in Brillion, WI. Mr. Winch talked about the great honor to be recognized and how the award is a reflection of the coordinated work done at WSWHE BOCES.
Winch stated, “the support that our Power Sports program receives from the building principal, office staff, guidance department, maintenance staff, integrated academics teachers, and the districts is what makes the program a success. I feel a tremendous amount of pride as the instructor of the Power Sports Technician program receiving the recognition from the EETC as I work with students to help them achieve their goals and build the foundation of their futures.”
A two-year program, Power Sports Technology, is based on servicing power equipment and engines such as those found in lawn and garden equipment, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, and jet skis. The curriculum includes commencement level math and english language arts. All students are given the opportunity to participate in a work-based learning experience, which exposes them to the operation of a business and specific job duties related to future careers.
The Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC) is a non-profit association whose mission is to address the critical shortage of qualified service technicians in the outdoor power equipment industry through its school accreditation and technician certification programs.