OLC Opens New Automotive Technology Building

May 15th, 2012 | By | Category: 23-4: Investing in Education, Empowering Tribal Communities, Tribal College News
By Marilyn Pourier

Oglala Lakota College (OLC, Kyle, SD) was pleased to hold an open house at its new automotive technology building last December. Through new, cutting-edge equipment and training modules, students receive expert training in auto mechanics that will allow them to achieve an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certificate. The automotive program is within OLC’s Applied Science Department.

“We are excited about this new program; it includes a large amount of shop time and is a very hands-on program,” says Joe Kirk, certified mechanic and automotive instructor. “A lot of mechanics learn that way; it’s the way we are programmed.”

The automotive technology program accepted its first students in the spring of 2011 in makeshift quarters at the Piya Wiconi administrative campus. This is the first semester of the program to be conducted in the new building. A total of 17 students in two cohorts are currently enrolled; a new class will begin during the spring semester of 2012.

Contact Faith Richards Pourier at (605) 455-6080 or Doug Noyes, Applied Science Department chair at 455-6076 for further information.

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