CTE department receives alignment system

Pictured above, from left to right, are RCHS CTE Director and Assistant Principal Sheila Massengill, RCHS Maintenance and Light Repair Instructor Brody Sims and NAPA Auto Parts Service Manager Robert Hamman.

Through a partnership between Rhea County High School’s Career and Technical Education Department [CTE], NAPA Auto Parts of Dayton recently donated a Hunter DSP600 wheel alignment system to the Transportation program.

“The system will be used by students enrolled in the Maintenance and Light Repair [MLRP] III class who will now have the ability to perform front and rear end alignments on passenger vehicles and pickup trucks,” RCHS MLRP instructor Brody Sims said.

The new equipment addition will also allow the program to stay updated with state standards and prepare students for their Automotive Service Excellence [ASE] certification.

“We are so thankful for all of our partnerships and want to thank NAPA for donating this alignment system to our students here at Rhea County High School,” CTE Director and Assistant Principal Sheila Massengill said. “MLRP III students test for their ASE certification while enrolled in the program here, and once they earn it, they are ready to enter the workforce as a certified Maintenance and Light Repair Technician.”

NAPA Auto Parts Service Manager Robert Hamman said he was happy to make the donation to RCHS for students to gain valuable experience working with the machinery. NAPA currently brought in a new state-of-the-art alignment system that can diagnosis any issues within five minutes. Rather than trading in their old system, they elected to donate it to Rhea County High School.  

Brand new systems are valued at nearly $35,000, making the donation quite a helpful and mutually beneficial one that could lead to future local qualified technicians for NAPA in the coming years.

“I know Hi-Tech and Crown have [alignment systems], but I believe that is it for the local area. So, Rhea County High School will have one of only four alignment systems within the entire county,” Hamman said.

The CTE Department is home to several different courses aimed to train and certify students in a variety of professional trades including engineering, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, digital arts and design, health science, welding, culinary arts, criminal justice, maintenance and light repair, fundamentals of construction, agriculture and career exploration.

Twice per year, the department hosts an Advisory Council Luncheon at the high school where it welcomes local business leaders and employers. The luncheon serves as a liaison between students, faculty and regional employers in hopes of a gateway for industry certifications and employment opportunities.

RCHS is scheduled to host the fall 2019 session of the luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at noon. Students in the culinary arts department will provide the meal for this year. Anyone interested in attending or learning more about the CTE program should call (423) 285-6833, extension 7129.