Webster-Thomas High School hosts a very robust technology department that includes an array of courses, many related to the automotive field. These classes cover how to buy, own, maintain, and modify vehicles. All of these skills are very practical to students of varying backgrounds. Recently, Webster-Thomas has become equipt with a brand new state-of-the-art facility with four service bays. Wilbert’s has happily donated both whole vehicles and engines that students are able to practice on. The Hyundai Elantra the class is currently working on from Wilbert’s is used for everything from oil changes, tire installations, and brake replacements to scan tool diagnostic work. Sean Campbell, teacher at Webster-Thomas High School, says “Vehicles like this help to give students real world scenarios that introduce them to and prepare them for the increasingly demanding field of automobile service.”

The courses the school offers are designed to introduce students to potential career opportunities and prepare them for real-life scenarios through training on modern equipment. When asked how his classes set students up to be successful in the future, Campbell replied, “Our courses are introductions and our main objectives are preparing students with basic skill sets and providing inspiration for their future. We are endeavoring to create the spark that ignites a lifetime of learning while sending students on their way with the skills required to cultivate their further education.” Many students that graduate from these classes go on to enroll in related programs at Monroe Community College, Alfred State, Universal Technical Institute, Ohio Tech, and others. One of Campbell’s previous students is now an engineer at a wind tunnel test facility that specializes in NASCAR aerodynamics testing! “One of the most rewarding aspects of teaching is found in enabling students to find their niche in the community and helping to set them up for fulfilling lives working in careers they enjoy.”

Students that take these courses not only learn automotive fundamentals, but get to partake in fun projects as well. Currently, one of Campbell’s classes is building a sleeper/hot rod, a car that’s been modified to perform at a high level while maintaining a simple appearance, from an 89 Dodge Spirit Turbo. They are also trying to resurrect a vintage Solectria Force electric car. “My students and I would just like to take the opportunity to express our gratitude to Wilbert’s for all of your help over the years. I remember having Eric Wilbert in class years ago, and I am so happy to know that he carries on the Wilbert tradition of generosity and contribution to the Webster community. Your donations are put to good use and are very much appreciated!”