A GREAT ASSET - Federal funds benefit WCJC's Automotive Technology Program

April 29, 2021
A GREAT ASSET - Federal funds benefit WCJC's Automotive Technology Program

Wharton County Junior College Automotive Technology Instructor David Voulgaris and WCJC Coordinator of Vocational Support Services Rose Ochoa check out an Ohm's Law and DC Circuits training unit that was recently purchased through the federally-funded Carl D. Perkins Grant. A dozen of the devices were purchased and will be utilized by students this fall.

WHARTON, TEXAS – Thanks to the Carl D. Perkins Grant, students in Wharton County Junior College’s Automotive Technology program will have enhanced training for a better understanding of circuits and electrical systems.

The federal grant funds enabled WCJC to purchase a dozen CL-1919-05 Ohm’s Law and DC Circuits Trainers, valued at $26,673. The equipment will be implemented in the Fall 2021 semester and will provide students with a more intricate knowledge of automotive-related electrical systems, said WCJC Instructor of Automotive Technology David Voulgaris.

“This training aid is the most efficient way to teach basic electrical and electrical theory by allowing the students to build DC circuits,” Voulgaris said. “I believe this will truly be a great asset for the Automotive Technology program.”

Voulgaris said the equipment enables students to take electrical measurements, diagnose problems and develop a deeper understanding of circuit schematics as specified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). WCJC’s Automotive Technology program is certified by the NATEF.

WCJC’s Coordinator of Vocational Support Services Rose Ochoa said the Carl D. Perkins Grant is a federally-funded program that provides community colleges with resources to develop and maintain Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.

Ochoa said grant amounts are based upon available federal funding as well as the number of full-time students who participate in CTE programs and receive Federal Aid Pell Grants.

“Perkins funds help ensure career and technical programs are challenging and meet the needs of business and industry standards,” she said.