Southern-Powersports program gets thumbs up

Staff Report

MT. GAY, W.Va. — Motorcycle and ATV enthusiasts are passionate about their vehicles. They find excitement in their speed, their thunderous rumbles and the unmatched sense of freedom when they ride.

But motorcycles, ATVs and other power sports vehicles are complex machines and repair and maintenance are important to the safety of the ride. That’s why Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is teaming with Boone County Career and Technical Center and area businesses to offer a new Powersports Technology program to train enthusiasts to become professionals.

This fall semester the Powersports Technology program will begin offering interactive classroom instruction and hands-on experience in the technical and mechanical repair of sophisticated recreational outdoor vehicles such as motorcycles and ATVs.

Emphasis within the program on troubleshooting and maintenance allows students to build a solid foundation in shop safety and precision measuring as well as the systems of repair work standard in the industry. Completion of the program will allow graduates to begin at above the entry level qualifications.

Southern’s close connections with local dealers allows students to form important relationships with those providing gainful employment as powersports technicians.

Southern West Virginia dealers, Mike Ratz and Eddie Keefer have been a guiding force to seeing this program come to life. They agree that finding qualified technicians is a challenge as there are few training centers. “There is a great demand nationwide not just locally” said Keefer. “This program could be a great opportunity for those looking to turn a hobby into a career or to retrain from a recent layoff.”

“This program meets a need in our community, “remarked Keefer. “Not just the existing businesses but I can imagine repair shops popping up all over.”

Whether you want to spend your days working on choppers, sport bikes, or other powersports vehicles, this program is for you!

Staff Report

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