Humberviewstudents showcase transportation program at car show
From classic cars to new models, the Humberview Car Show featured something for everyone.
Students from the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) transportation program at Humberview Secondary School in Bolton held the annual car show on June 6. The show, which was held in the parking lot at the school, was an opportunity for students, teachers and family members to show off their custom vehicles. The show also gives SHSM students the chance to organize and present an automotive event and showcase the program to other students and the community.
The SHSM program, which was implemented at Humberview at the beginning of the 2012 school year, is offered to students beginning in Grade 11, allowing them to focus their learning on a specific economic sector of the automotive industry while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school. Overall, students gain sector-recognized certification and career-relevant training.
Mel Everett, head of the transportation program at Humberview, said the students have been working on a new project and the car show was a great opportunity to show off their hard work. Students took an old cube van and are fixing it up and turning it into a promotional vehicle for the program. The van recently received an exterior makeover courtesy of Car Wraps. Once completed the inside of the van will feature a 70s inspired design including hardwood flooring, shag carpeting and a big screen television for watching promotional videos. An air conditioning unit will make the van into a “cool zone” for hot days.
“It’s all about promotion and selling what we do here,” said Everett. “Students don’t have to take these courses but we want them to buy into the program and the best way to do that is to show them what we do. We really take it to the next level here and at the end of the day, the kids benefit.”
Everett said the program has been well-received and has many automotive partnerships in the community that take students in for co-op placements, provide services and supplies. He intends to recognize every business which contributes to the program on the promotional van.
“We have had so much community support so far with donations from local businesses and we are planning to put all our sponsors on the side of the van,” said Everett, adding that Car Wraps and Fines Ford in Bolton have been very generous so far.
The program is currently in its second year and 18 students will be graduating with a major in transportation this year. There are a number of benefits for students enrolled in the transportation program, explained Everett.
Students who take the program will have a strong foundation for a wide variety of careers in the transportation sector, be able to customize their education to suit their interests and talents while meeting the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and focus on sector-specific knowledge and skills that are valued by the sector and post-secondary educational institutions. Students will also receive an SHSM Record outlining and identifying completion of the required components, including certifications and training programs and sector-specific credits the student has achieved and an OSSD with the Red SHSM Seal identifying that all of the required components are complete for the SHSM.
“It’s a really great program for a college apprenticeship or university-bound students,” said Everett. “It’s the only program in Ontario that offers a different diploma. It’s really starting to open doors.”
In addition to the annual auto show, students have also attended various field trips throughout the year, including visits to Centennial College, Metrolinx, Honda Canada and Mega Speed Car Show. They listen to presentations from guest speakers who offer information which will further enrich the program, such as a Ministry of Labour Inspector presenting on young worker safety in the workplace.
For more information on the SHSM Transportation program at Humberview, contact Mel Everett, 905 857-0771 ex. 427, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.humberviewshsm.webstarts.com.
Written by Angela Gismondi