Automotive Event Leads to Safer Vehicles for Local Community

Automotive Students at the Car Care Clinic event
December 13, 2018

As the cold, snow, and ice of winter creep in, every Minnesotan knows having a safe and winter-ready vehicle is critically important. 

With safe winter driving in mind, students in SCTCC’s Automotive Service Technician program hosted an event called the Car Care Clinic that offered free vehicle safety checks and light bulb replacements to the local community. 

The 25-point safety checks identified safety issues and provided vehicle owners with an understanding of the problem and how urgently it should be addressed. 

During the four-hour event, students worked at a finely tuned pace, moving vehicles in and out of the shop, and taking time to explain what they found to vehicle owners. 

While students performed safety checks and replaced light bulbs on over 40 vehicles, attendees enjoyed coffee, juice, and donuts provided by the Automotive Skills Club.

The event was sponsored by O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, which allowed students to replace light bulbs at no charge to event attendees.    

“It’s been over ten years since we’ve hosted an event like this, and this year, we exceeded our expectations of what this event could be,” said Automotive Instructor, Byron Byker.

Automotive Instructor Jim Allex added, “The students were happy to be able to give back to the community. Based on this year, we’ll try to build on the success of the event next year.”


Matt Klinkhammer