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    The Kilgore Family is Learning Auto Technology Together
    Steve Kilgore and his son Adrian work in the Auto Technology lab

    January 30, 2018

    The Auto Technology Program at the Lorain County JVS Adult Career Center is a family affair for Steve Kilgore and his son Adrian. The father and son from Elyria, enrolled in the program last June after visiting the Adult Career Center Open House.

    “I actually signed my son up. That was the plan,” said Steve Kilgore. “But, he kept asking me to take the course with him. So I ended up joining him.”

    Adrian Kilgore said it's weird having your father in the same class with you, but he adds, “I feel like it is better that way. In regular school, I wasn’t focused. There were a lot of distractions. It’s helpful having your father in the same class as you.”

    The Kilgore’s have a business where they buy and sell cars. “I know how to do a little work on vehicles, but nothing compared to what I have learned over the last six months,” shared Steve Kilgore. “I enjoy it. It opened my eyes to some different stuff.” The Auto Technology program is 600 hours and scheduled to end in June of 2018.

    “I think it’s amazing that they are learning a new skill together,” said Kristian Smith, Lorain County JVS Adult Career Center Director. “I am sure that it will be an experience that they will always look back on with fond memories.”

    Kilgore said the one-year program is allowing his son to not only have a trade but eventually go through the certification process. “It's turning out to be great. I wanted my son to learn everything. Now, he’s in a position to make this amount instead of that amount.”

    Adrian is already positioning himself to not only work on his vehicle but others in the very near future. “I reworked a wire on the engine, and that was scary, but I liked it.”