Car Guy Season 2015
Under the HOOD The Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum Newsletter
The Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum (HEP) is not letting any grass grow under its – cars, boats or motorcycles. Scroll through these 12-pages of news during the past months or learn about HEP events and activities in the coming months. Don’t miss the update about apprentice Ryan Levesque or the one-way 2,890 mile motorcycle ride or the Mazda Raceway broadcast or the ways you can support us – all included here!
THE HAGERTY EDUCATION PROGRAM at AMERICA’S CAR MUSEUM
HEP was awarded $40,800 from the net proceeds of the live auction at LeMay – America’s Car Museum’s (ACM) Annual Wheels & Heels Gala in June. The well-attended “Kentucky Derby – A Celebration of Horsepower” auction focused on the Museum’s educational mission, which impacts programs and students across the United States and Canada through Museum Education and HEP. Friends of America’s Car Museum enthusiastically bid on a variety of unique auction items, showing their strong support of the Museum and its mission. HEP is also the charitable beneficiary of THE MEET Vintage Motorcycle Festival and the Pacific Northwest Concours d’Elegance, both Signature Events of the Museum. Thanks, ACM!
A grand ending to a grand night on June 26th at The Kentucky Derby: A Celebration of Horsepower, LeMay – America’s Car Museum’s Annual Wheels & Heels Gala event. HEP is affiliated with ACM as a program of the Museum.
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SAVE the DATE MEET US IN HERSHEY, PA in OCTOBER & LET’S TALK AUTOMOTIVE RESTORATION CAREERS HEP will be showing our stuff at the Precision Motor Cars lot-shop at the 2015 Antique Automobile Club of America’s (AACA) Eastern Regional Fall Event from October 7-10 at Hershey Park located at 100 W Hershey Park Drive, Hershey, PA 17033. Meet HEP scholars and grant awardee schools. Bring your aspiring high school automotive restorer and participate in “flash” seminars, discussing educational and career paths in automotive restoration. Admission to the Fall Event is free! Also, while we’re in Hershey, HEP’s Board of Directors will travel to Williamsport, PA for a site visit at Pennsylvania College of Technology, an affiliate of Pennsylvania State University and a HEP grant awardee. We’ll meet the 6 students who were awarded HEP scholarships for the 2015-2016 school year (based on need and merit), tour their auto shops, meet Penn College’s leadership and dine in their full-service, school restaurant – which is part of their Culinary Arts program. Look for us on Facebook – We’ll be posting photos of our visit!
Keith Flickinger at his Precision Motor Cars shop in Allentown, PA will host the Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum at the 2015 AACA Eastern Regional Fall Event at his lot-shop from October 7-10 in Hershey, PA. Keith is on HEP’s Board of Directors and has been instrumental in supporting HEP’s Apprenticeship Program.
JOIN US! SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS LUNCHEON Wednesday, November 18th at 12pm Central Carolina Community College, Sanford, NC First-time grant awardee Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) is hosting a luncheon on Wednesday, November 18th at the school – located at 1105 Kelly Drive, Sanford, NC 27330 (www.cccc.edu) near the heart of NASCAR – acknowledging and honoring scholarship recipients, including the six Automotive Restoration students who received HEP scholarships, based on need and merit. The college, which offers an Associates diploma and certificate in Automotive Restoration Technology is the only program of its kind on the East Coast – south of Washington, DC – and attracts students from around the United States. CCCC learned of HEP through a student of the program, Joseph Gambaccini, who reached out to HEP after finding us online, inquiring about funding. Joe connected the CCCC’s Development Department with HEP, who worked closely in developing their grant In the CCCC Automotive Restoration program, students get extensive hands-on training in application for the scholarships. Joe won one of the scholarships and will metal and plastic body restoration, wood and steel component fabrication, automotive engines be seated at the HEP table on November 18th! Join us… and drive train, painting and refinishing, automobile upholstery, electrical systems and welding.
FUNDING PROGRAMS GRANT AWARDEE THORNTON FRACTIONAL HIGH SCHOOL, Calumet City, IL Jorge Navarrete, car restorer and collision repair instructor at Thornton Fractional High School in Calumet City, IL, made an appearance with his beautifully restored 1951 Chevrolet 2-Door Coupe at Hagerty’s Family Night at the Drive-In in West Chicago, IL, celebrating the 5th Annual National Collector Car Appreciation Day. He was also celebrating Thornton’s recently receiving a grant from HEP for the restoration of a classic car that his collision repair students will work on during the 2105-2016 school year. When completed, the car, students and Jorge will participate in local car club Cruise Ins and car shows, restoration competitions and community events to promote automotive restoration at the school.
Dusk on July 11th at the Cascade Drive-In in West Chicago, IL, just before the movie began, with (l. to r.) Carla Maldonaldo, Jorge Navarrete, Hagerty Regional Territory Manager Mike Maslowski, HEP’s National Director Diane Fitzgerald and Hagerty Regional Territory Manager Karen Waslawski.
SITE VISITS GIG HARBOR BOATSHOP & the HAGERTY EDUCATION PROGRAM at AMERICA’S CAR MUSEUM Restoring Our Maritime Heritage The HEP Board of Directors made a site visit to the Gig Harbor BoatShop in Gig Harbor, WA on June 27th, spending time with key shop staff and meeting intern Megan Winther, a Gig Harbor resident who will be attending the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock this fall. The first project of the BoatShop’s Maritime Mentorship Program will provide an intensive one-on-one mentor/intern environment where local boat restoration expert Bruce Bronson will share detailed hands-on skills, techniques and mahogany runabout restoration knowledge with one or two interns at a time. Interns will participate in one of five intensive restoration phases of a vintage 1964 Chris-Craft Super Sport runabout. This first MMP project will run for 16 months, one day per week, with the re-launch of the restored SuperSport scheduled for summer of 2016.
Above: Bruce Bronson and HEP intern Megan Winther working on the 1964 Chris-Craft Super Sport runabout. Below: The HEP Board of Directors, Friends of HEP, BoatShop interns and BoatShop leaders during their site visit on June 27, 2015.
The MMP Chris Craft SuperSport restoration project will be accessible for the public to visit 10AM to 4PM on Thursdays and Saturdays. Visit the Gig Harbor BoatShop website www.gigharborboatshop.org for additional Festival happenings at the Gig Harbor BoatShop or call 253-857-9344.
AMBASSADOR SPOTLIGHT INDY RACER & HEP AMBASSADOR LYN ST. JAMES IS REVVING UP HEP IN INDIANAPOLIS, IN Lyn recently signed on as HEP’s Ambassador, supporting our mission of giving back to communities across the US and Canada while opening the door to the world of motorsports. Restoration has an important place in vintage racing!
SVRA (Sportscar Vintage Racing Association) Lyn was the Grand Marshal at the Portland Vintage Festival in July and shared information on HEP while meeting with the many vintage racers.
“With the growth of vintage racing and the excitement of motorsports, we need to create a pipeline of skilled and passionate people to restore and preserve extraordinary vehicles,” said Lyn. “It’s been a busy summer of racing promoting and discovering Indy Racer Lyn St. James combines her passion for racing where HEP can make a difference.” and education in her role as HEP Ambassador.
WHAT WE DO The Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum (HEP) is a program of LeMay – America’s Car Museum. We raise money to give it away, paving a pathway to careers. We are at the center of a movement to preserve the skills and knowledge needed to protect our automotive and marine heritage, by funding educational programs, scholarships and paid internships & apprenticeships in automotive restoration & preservation, serving young adults. Founded in 2005 by Hagerty and formerly known as The Collectors Foundation, HEP supports hands-on, career-based education in communities around the United States and Canada while promoting America’s automotive history and the interests of the collector community. HEP has awarded more than $2.75 million in scholarships and grants in 28 States and 3 Provinces, giving back to communities across the United States and Canada. Join us in supporting our heritage and the next generation of restoration craftsmen and craftswomen! For more information, contact the HEP Team: Diane Fitzgerald (C: 312-543-5732 firstname.lastname@example.org), Pam Dudley (Toll Free 855- 537-4579 email@example.com) and Ambassador Lyn St. James (Direct: 317-319-0760 firstname.lastname@example.org). www.hagertyeducationprogram.org 3
ON the ROAD HELLO, MOTORSPORTS. MEET the HAGERTY EDUCATION PROGRAM at AMERICA’S CAR MUSEUM What could be better than being in Indianapolis, IN for the Month of May? Maybe being there for the Month of June, just a few days before the running of the SVRA races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway? Recently, under the watchful eye of Indy racer and HEP Ambassador Lyn St. James, HEP met Indianapolis full throttle with visits to the world-class and renowned Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) School of Engineering & Technology and the Stutz Business Center – former home of the Stutz manufacturing plant and current home to car collections, restoration shops and artists. Lyn hosted a HEPpy Hour at The Stutz, along with ACM member-collector-entrepreneur Turner Woodard – an evening bringing together collectors, vintage racers, business leaders, economic developers, educators and introducing them to HEP. Lyn’s additional introductions to the well-established racing community in Indianapolis as well as the well-established motorsports HEP’s National Director, Diane Fitzgerald, with HEPpy Hour co-hosts Turner Woodard industry that Indiana has cultivated over the past 65 years gives HEP a and Indy Racer/HEP Ambassador Lyn St. James at the historic Stutz Business Center in great jumpstart to meaningful relationships in this automotive “hot spot”! Indianapolis, IN.
PEBBLE BEACH CAR WEEK & HEP August 12 -17, 2015 HEP made a splash in California on the Monterey Peninsula recently, with site visits to local renowned restoration shops and community colleges offering automotive restoration curriculum, visiting with grant awardees, convening with car club members from around the US, visiting with HEP scholars, attending key vintage racing car events and presenting a live, panel discussion broadcast at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. On Saturday, during the main event of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, HEP presented “Young People & Old Cars: The Future of Restoration”. The lively discussion focused on our growing niche industry, debunking myths about the next generation and cars, and looking at jobs and careers in restoration. HEP will be taking this discussion on the road across the United States in the coming months. Look for details soon!
Moderator McKeel Hagerty with panelists (l. to r.) conservator Josh Baum, auto tech instructor Tim Chambers, Collection Manager Stephen Murphy, RM Sotheby’s Stacy Puckett, America’s Car Museum’s Dominic Dobson and HEP Ambassador Lyn St. James at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on August 15th.
(l. to r.) McPherson College Automotive Restoration student, senior Travis Gleich, with HEP’s National Director Diane Fitzgerald, former America’s Car Museum Collection Manager Stacy Puckett and auto tech instructor Tim Chambers at the Gooding Co. reception during Pebble Beach Car Week.
McPherson College Reunion photograph at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance includes several HEP scholarship award winners and paid interns – side-by-side with supporters.
IN the FIRST PERSON LAGUNA HILLS HIGH SCHOOL & RESTORATION 66 By Tim Chambers, Auto Tech Teacher In March of 2012, I became aware of the Collectors Foundation (now Hagerty Education Program) and the work they do with awarding grants to schools, museums, etc. I contacted the Foundation and received the information I needed to obtain a grant. Working with Coastline Regional Occupational Program (ROP), I was able to secure a grant for $10,000 to restore and modify a 1966 Ford F100 Pickup which was donated to the program. It is titled “Restoration 66: Connecting Students with Cars, History, Family and Community.” We established the type of build (custom), the vendors we needed to get parts from and how we were to accomplish this build. I had the students research their family history and how the automobile played a part in their families’ lives. I think it surprised many students, the importance automobiles played in their family history. There were many great stories spanning multiple generations. Laguna Hills High School, located in Laguna Hills, California was opened in 1978. We are a small school with an average of 1700 students. We excel in academics and sports with many awards in both areas. I teach five classes, four ROP (regional occupation program) and one district class which is composed of freshmen. Our Auto 2 or Advanced Auto was responsible for most of the build. My program caters to students who either want to pursue a position in the automotive field or aren’t sure what they want to do and take my class to learn about cars. We teach all the automotive basics and articulate with two junior colleges, Saddleback and Golden West. These colleges have auto programs that allow students to further their automotive pathways and a future in industry. This is my 9th year teaching at LHHS. Prior to teaching, I spent the last 30 years working in industry. I got my start in
automotive and worked my way up to brake technician but was offered an apprenticeship to a tractor dealership. I loved my job and continued working on heavy equipment for various dealerships and independents. I have held many positions including service manager for three dealerships and two construction companies. I worked as a field service tech and also spent time on the floor. When I was 49 I was offered a job as an automotive teacher for Coastline ROP. I jumped at the opportunity. We began to strip the truck to get ready to paint and also secured a Ford 390 FE engine to replace the aging 352 CI engine. We rebuilt the engine completely – crankshaft, rods, valve job, etc. We had it blueprinted and installed an RV cam, high output ignition and four barrel carb. We outsourced the paint and upholstery. During the summer of 2013 we received the truck back from A-1 painted in a brilliant Porsche red and the upholsterer designed a special color scheme seat and headliner. By that time we had contacted a number of vendors and were overwhelmed by the generosity. Discounts, free parts and advice helped us immensely. Final assembly took us to May of 2015. The truck runs great and looks awesome! All the students involved over the three years did a fantastic job and I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of all of them. It was an experience they won’t forget, and neither will I. I want to thank the Hagerty Education Program and especially Diane Fitzgerald for allowing us to do this build. Diane was a major influence and we bounced a lot of ideas off each other We will be taking the truck to various car shows to spread the word about the Hagerty Education Program, Laguna Hills High School and Coastline ROP. We hope to apply for another grant soon and already have an exciting plan to incorporate the truck with the new build.
Contributing Vendors: A-1 Paint and Body Allen Tire Collins Exhaust Dave Rivas Pin Striping DJM Suspension George’s Upholstery K&N Air Filters LMC Truck Napa Auto Parts National Parts Depot Oreilly Auto Parts Auto Restoration teacher, Tim Chambers, and some of the Laguna Hills High School, Laguna Hills, CA students who restored this 1966 Ford F100 Pickup Truck, a 2-year project. The pickup truck will be used to promote the school throughout the region at car shows, Cruise Ins, parades and other community events.
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PATHWAYS to CAREERS
APPRENTICE UPDATE: RYAN LEVESQUE You read about Ryan Levesque, HEP’s first apprentice, in the Spring 2015 issue of Hagerty Classic Car magazine (page 62). Ryan is a 2014 graduate of HEP grant awardee Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Automotive Restoration Technology program in Williamsport, PA and a HEP-funded 12-month apprentice at Precision Motor Cars working under master craftsman Keith Flickinger in Allentown, PA. In August, Ryan got married and was relocated to Texas, where his wife is attending college. Ryan’s two AA degrees – one in business and the other in automotive restoration – and “under the hood” experience as an apprentice, got him noticed by Kip Motor Company shop manager Randy Bush, who reached out to HEP’s National Director as a reference for Ryan’s employment application. It feels like Ryan got the job on-the-spot at the Dallas, TX-based, British-car focused shop which has 18 employees – all deeply passionate about “antique cars” and their histories. Ryan is right at home and sends us these photos of him at the shop!
There’s plenty of work in the Kip Motor Company shop, including this 1955 Jaguar XK140.
Kip Motor Company in Dallas, TX jumped at the chance to employ HEP apprentice Ryan Levesque soon after Ryan and his wife moved from Pennsylvania to Texas.
SELFIE: Ryan Levesque welding patches on the bonnet of a 1964 FX-4 London Taxi.
SPOTLIGHT ON CAR CLUBS CAR CLUBS GIVE BACK TO HEP The Car Guys from Kansas City: Giving Back With Heart There is a car club thriving in one of the Heartland’s largest cities – the Car Guys of Kansas City. Founded in 2006 by car enthusiast Gary Krings, a financial advisor and Ferrari lover, the club has grown from 20 members to 320 under his leadership. Inspired to create a club that was more about enthusiasm for collecting than brand or model, Gary created the friendly car-guy group that has no dues, no officers and one rule: own a monthly meeting. Two other volunteers support Gary and the Club’s operations with program coordination and meeting registration. With twelve meetings a year, on the second Tuesday of each month and for Dutch lunch, meeting topics and locations vary by who is planning them. There is no newsletter and no website. Word-of-mouth drives the increasing membership and new members are welcomed at every meeting. “The cars are the common denominator that bring great people together in camaraderie,” says Gary when describing his appreciation for the club members, a strong and very active network of enthusiasts whom he mobilizes as volunteers for The Art of the Car each June and other local car events supporting local charities throughout the “car guy season”. At a special club dinner on March 25, 2015 that felt more like a banquet than a dinner, members and their friends recognized the good work of the HEP. “Now we’re coming together in meaningful ways to support the hobby and the efforts of the HEP with $3,000 in donations from the Car Guys of Kansas City!” declared Gary that night. “The funds we’ve so generously received from the Car Guys of Kansas City will be used to support scholarships at automotive restoration education programs around the US, including McPherson College in Kansas,” said Diane Fitzgerald, National Director of HEP, when thanking the members. “HEP raises money to give it away and we cannot do what we do without your support. LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, WA is very serious about making sure that the next generation has everything it needs to be the next collectors, restorers, club members, shop owners and stewards of our American heritage. Tonight is very special, indeed, because of the Car Guys of Kansas City and your donations.”
To learn how your club can support HEP, contact Diane Fitzgerald, National Director, at email@example.com or toll free 855-537-4579.
Gary Krings & Nicole Borghardt organized the special Hagerty-sponsored Club Dinner which included a presentation about British cars in the US by guest speaker and industry expert, Jonathan Stein. Standing (l.to r.): Derek Prechtl, Hagerty VP of Sales; Jonathan Stein, Editor, Hagerty Classic Car magazine; Gary Krings, Club Founder. Seated: Diane Fitzgerald, National Director of Hagerty Education Program, and Nicole Borghardt, Hagerty Regional Territory Manager. Photo by Tom Strongman.
The Car Guys of Kansas City fill the house at Johnny Cascone’s Italian Restaurant on 91st Street in Overland Park, KS for their special member event. Photo by Tom Strongman.
OUR AFFILIATION WITH ACM We are ACM! The Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum (HEP) is a program of LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) and is located in Tacoma, WA with HEP offices in Chicago, IL. ACM impacts educational programs across the country, through HEP’s funding of scholarships, programs and internships. ACM shares the vision of preserving and promoting America’s automotive treasures with other car museums and together, we are making a difference. ACM also makes a difference by paying it forward in support of the next generation of restorers and preservationists. In response to a need in the marketplace, HEP is launching its Apprenticeship Program in January 2016, a fully operational program serving young adults in the United States and Canada with the sole purpose of narrowing the gap between the end of formal education, shop-readiness and a career. Learn more about LeMay – America’s Car Museum’s commitment to education by visiting https://www.americascarmuseum.org/about.
ON the ROAD
AUTOMOTIVE RESTORATION IN CHICAGO: RISE & DRIVE HEP had a great “car guy” summer!! HEP spent time in Chicago, IL at Soldier Field with three McPherson College Auto Restoration students – Lance Butler, Travis Gleich and Andy Fabianski. Lance, a recent graduate, is the Collection Manager of a local collection and Travis is a paid intern in the same shop. About to begin his senior year at McPherson, Travis is a HEP scholarship awardee and HEP internship funding recipient. What do you get when you mix a 1963 Fiat 500 and four car guys? A lot of fun at Chicago’s Rise & Drive. “The best part for me – as National Director of the Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum – is “seeing” the impact of our funding automotive restoration programs by watching Lance, Travis and Andy engaging in their industry and actively participate in the collector community. Each of them has benefited from HEP’s funding of McPherson.” Since 2006, HEP has awarded McPherson College more than $600,000 for scholarships, equipment, parts and paid internships “gap funding”.
Lance, Diane, Travis Gleich and Andy with Diane’s 1963 Fiat 500.
Andy Fabianski, Diane Fitzgerald and Lance Butler at Rise & Drive in Chicago.
McPherson College junior, Andy Fabianski, started his own car upholstery business STITCHES this year.
3 McPherson College Automotive Restoration students + 1 head of Hagerty Education Program = a lot of fun in a microcar!
CONNECTING the DOTS
MEET BUD McINTIRE, DIRECTOR of STUDENT SERVICES at GREAT LAKES BOAT BUILDING SCHOOL Grant Awardee Great Lakes Boat Building School (GLBBS) in Cedarville, MI has been on HEP’s radar screen since 2007, receiving scholarship and program funding every year since then, for full-time vocational courses in a variety of traditional boat building disciplines. HEP gets actively engaged with each awardee and their staff, making site visits, engaging in local enthusiast events and community activities, and following the educational and career paths of their students. Because of our relationship-cultivating, we discovered a shared interest in motorcycles with one of their school leaders. Turns out, he was about to retire. Bud McIntire retired from his role at GLBBS in May and relocated with his wife to North Carolina. To begin checking off items from his Bucket List, he rode his BMW motorcycle 2,890 miles one-way from North Carolina to Tacoma, WA to attend America’s Car Museum’s THE MEET Vintage Motorcycle Festival, where he spent three days with HEP’s Team, including newcomer Pam Dudley, Administrative Coordinator, all while participating in the Museum’s Concours event. Even though he didn’t win a prize in his class, he won our hearts with an offer to work with HEP as a volunteer Ambassador. He was
Bud McIntire and HEP National Director Diane Fitzgerald at LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, WA during the 4th Annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival, The Meet, as he’s about to depart for North Carolina, a short 2,890 miles ride! HEP is the charity benefiting from the net proceeds of The Meet!
just elected to the National Board of Directors of the Traditional Small Craft Association, based in Mystic, CT, but he plans to share some of his retirement time with HEP, focusing on our outreach in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama!
SPOTLIGHT ON CAR CLUBS The Automotive Restoration Club of Sun City West, AZ HEP made a good friend in January when we spent 10-days in Arizona during Car Week. During our visit, we learned that automotive restoration is alive and well in the Phoenix, AZ area, largely because car enthusiast and networking- magician Herb Clark is doing everything he can to utilize the profound knowledge and skill sets of his neighbors, complement the goals of the local high schools and community colleges and take advantage of the goodwill of the area’s restoration shops. He and John Chaney founded The Automotive Restoration Club of Sun City West (ARCSCW) after learning of the educational needs of the community. Their outreach was immediate and the results overwhelming. In fact, after a short fundraising campaign to raise capital funding for a new building, they broke ground in March on an automotive restoration facility in the heart of their town! The facility will house each of the different restoration shops that dot a 5 miles radius, consolidating the club’s many shops. The club is especially proud of their fabrication shop but they do every aspect of restoration, from mechanicals to upholstery to preservation. Their shop will be open to local high schools and community colleges, filling curricular gaps with classes taught by former Detroit designers, mechanics and technicians. “The wealth of knowledge we have in our club is astounding,” Herb
ON THE ROAD during Arizona Car Week in January, at the Arizona School of Automotive Refinishing in Glendale, AZ with (l.to r.) Spencer Caldwell, shop owner, and Automotive Restoration Club of Sun City West founder Herb Clark and president Tom Jones.
reports about the 400 members. “The relationships we are cultivating with the schools in supporting their curriculum are the wave of the future of education. On top of that, we’re supporting the movement to teach the next generation of craftsmen and artisans so we can be sure our heritage is in good hands.” The grand opening of ARCSCW’s Restoration Shop is scheduled for January 2016 and HEP will be there! Join us...
EDITOR’S NOTE: In January, Herb Clark and Tom Jones planned 2-days of meetings for HEP to explore Phoenix area schools and restoration shops, meet with club members and visit their garages plus meet with teachers and students. Since January, we continue to be engaged with the teachers and students we met in January. Herb has done the same planning in St. Louis, MO and surrounding communities with meaningful visits to shops, schools and collections. Thank you, Herb!
SPOTLIGHT on INTERNS
NARROWING THE “EXPERIENCE GAP” with HEP Some us recall as we were about to graduate – whether high school/vocational school, junior college, community college or college – that exasperating and unexpected moment when told, by prospective future employers, that we needed more experience to be hired. How were you supposed to get more experience when you were just graduating?!! In today’s market, Automotive Restoration graduates across the country are experiencing the same thing. Shop owners are hiring people with 3-5 years experience. Now what? As we see it, narrowing the experience gap begins before graduation, with paid internships for program students, giving them direct experience in their field. The Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum funds internships across the country, including at Pennsylvania College of Technology and McPherson College (Kansas), two of the many schools we support. Meet three of our 2015 summer interns!
VANESSA MATHURIN, LEBARON BONNEY COMPANY INTERN Growing up in Philadelphia, PA, Vanessa’s passion for collector cars and the hobby grew by watching TV shows – car shows. Her search for educational programs in restoration with an eye on upholstery connected her with the two-year Associates degree program at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA where she expects to graduate in 2016. Her appreciation for the art of upholstery has grown exponentially since starting the program, enhanced by her paid internship at LeBaron Bonney in Amesbury, MA. Working with master pattern-makers gave her a level of expertise she could get only in a shop. She is anxious to use her developing skills on school restoration projects and winning awards at regional shows, as she and her classmates have already done in Hershey and Charlotte. Recently elected as treasurer of the Penn College Classic Cruisers car club, Vanessa is poised for landing her dream job in her dream field. Pennsylvania College of Technology, featuring one of the oldest, continuously operating automotive programs in the nation, also has one of only a few college-level vintage vehicle restoration degree programs offered nationwide. Automotive Restoration Technology at Penn College students work on vehicles built between 1900 and 1975, including those from world-renowned museum collections. Their restoration efforts have earned a variety of awards. Penn College is a special mission affiliate of Penn State, committed to applied technology education.
Vanessa Mathurin will graduate Penn College with an Associate’s degree in Automotive Restoration. She wants to do it all, including custom upholstery which she is learning from the masters at LeBaron Bonney Company in Amesbury, MA.
SAVANA CROSS, HEP RESEARCH INTERN When asked the question recently “How do you know there are plenty of restoration jobs out there?” I approached schools and organizations across the US for their answers… which were not plentiful. So, HEP created and launched a multi-year market research plan. McPherson College senior, Savana Cross, an honors Business major, was the perfect fit for taking the lead on Phase One of the plan – researching, studying, interviewing program administrators and alumni and compiling data about automotive restoration & preservation educational programs in North America. Her connection with automotive restoration is the college’s Annual Motoring Festival that takes place each May. Savana worked closely with the organizers, the school’s C.A.R.S. Club (College Automotive Restoration Students), in supporting the fundraising event. The winning combination of her directed-research experience with HEP plus exposure to people in businesses shaping the automotive restoration industry were favorable additions to her job search tool belt. McPherson College located in central Kansas, is a four-year private liberal arts college. It is the only school in the country to offer a bachelor’s degree in automotive restoration technology. In addition to courses specific to auto restoration, students in this program take a variety of liberal arts classes that challenge them to use multiple learning styles to explore problems and find creative solutions. The campus community at McPherson College believes that student learning is enhanced through experiences. We are committed to providing excellent learning opportunities in and out of the classroom, such as internship experiences and experiences at industry events.
McPherson College, McPherson, KS senior, Savana Cross, is helping HEP understand the automotive restoration job market by doing market research focusing on automotive restoration educational programs in North America. Photo credit – Colleen Gustafson, McPherson College
SPOTLIGHT on INTERNS
JASON PETERS, AMERICA’S CAR MUSEUM COLLECTION MANAGEMENT INTERN A car guy through and through, Jason spent his youth working side-by-side his father and uncle in the garage. As a young enthusiast, he bought a 1969 Ford Galaxy and restored it to the point of being invited to exhibit his 45-year old beauty last year at the Art of the Concours Show in Kansas City. Surrounded by people who completely understand why cars are so interesting – at both McPherson College and America’s Car Museum – Jason learned everything he could, from Alfa to Zundapp, about restoration work and the industry with the goal of opening his own shop someday soon. Working in Collection Management at the Museum expanded his skills of car maintenance and knowledge of car provenance that will enable him to serve the collector community well in the coming years.
Jason Peters is all smiles working with Dale Wickell, Technicians Specialist at America’s Car Museum, Tacoma, WA
FUNDING SCHOLARSHIPS HEP SCHOLARS: MCPHERSON COLLEGE ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS FOR 2015-2016 HEP funds educational programs across the country, including scholarships at McPherson College in the heart of Kansas. McPherson College is the only college in the United States offering a four year Bachelor’s degree in automotive restoration technology. The program’s mission is to “be at the center of excellence for students serious about automotive restoration” and it delivers on that mission. Career-focused and life-ready are the cornerstone of this comprehensive and unique program. Seven Faculty and two staff at McPherson College form the selection committee for HEP Scholarships. They review the student applications, including essays. Scholarships are awarded based on merit and need. The Student Scholarship Selections for academic year 2015-16 include:
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These eight students join 160 other HEP Scholars, all graduates of Automotive Restoration Technology at McPherson.
Meet some of HEP’s current scholars and alum/faculty, on campus at McPherson College in Kansas!
Matthew Edmonds – Flagstaff, AZ (sophomore) Travis Gleich – Elkhorn, WI (junior) Tyler Henning – Sedgwick, KS (junior) Austin Hiebert – Newton, KS (sophomore) Andy Lindstrom – Vulcan, MI (first year transfer) Adam Mashiach – Encino, CA (freshman) Jason Peters – Overland Park, KS (first year transfer) Jacob San Martin – Perris, CA (freshman)
WHAT WE DO The Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum (HEP) raises money to give it away, paving the pathway to careers. We are engaged in a movement to preserve the skills and knowledge of today’s craftsmen, things needed by the next generation as stewards of our automotive and marine heritage. HEP funds post-high school educational programs, scholarships and paid internships and apprenticeships in automotive restoration & preservation. Founded in 2005 by Hagerty and formerly known as The Collectors Foundation, HEP supports hands-on, career-based education in communities throughout the United States and Canada while promoting automotive history and the interests of the collector community. HEP has awarded more than $2.75 million since its founding.
WHAT YOU CAN DO One of our goals is to identify and fund educational programs teaching skills that lead to jobs in this highly-specialized field. If you know an automotive and/or preservation program that might be a funding fit, let them know about our grant program. The grant application process is simple and user-friendly. Learn about it at www.hagertyeducationprogram.org and click on “Apply for Grant.” Application deadlines are: September 1, 2015, December 11, 2015 and April 15, 2016. Grant support is offered. For more information, call HEP direct toll-free at 855-537-4579 or email National Director Diane Fitzgerald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUPPORTING HEP Today, with funding requests more than triple what we are able to giveaway, we need your support. Donations of any size are deeply appreciated and support our mission of funding educational programs that are the pathway to careers in automotive restoration & preservation for young people. With your contribution of $40 or higher, you automatically receive a membership at America’s Car Museum.
YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN
THE HAGERTY EDUCATION PROGRAM AT AMERICA’S CAR MUSEUM IS A PHILANTHROPIC MOVEMENT
The Hagerty Education Program awards scholarships and educational grants to organizations committed to hands-on education and making a difference in the lives of young people through the appeal of historic vehicles and vessels — building the next generation of stewards.
AMONG COLLECTOR VEHICLE & BOAT ENTHUSIASTS SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE & THE FUTURE INTEREST OF THESE HOBBIES.
PRESERVE THE PAST. BUILD THE FUTURE.
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