NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Maplewood High School's auto shop is shifting into high gear. Twjauna Williams is the automotive instructor at Maplewood High School. She runs class like a real world auto shop and her students get their hands dirty.
Maplewood High is the first school in the world to have a Firestone Complete Auto Care Center. From 2015 until now, 32 students have completed the program, which prepares them for a career in the industry. Until recently, students have had to use equipment often 10 years old for training as they prepare for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) test.
So, that's where grants come in.
"Every year Real Tools for Schools has this grant and so this is our second year," said Williams, "The first year we got $10,000 we got toolboxes books for certification."
Now, thanks to a $20,000 grant the school is using new, state-of-the-art machinery.
Williams says prepping her students for graduation and later, real life, is what drives her.
"This teaches the students is patients, practice and what you’re never gonna reach - perfection but you want progress," she said.