Heartland residents who want to gain a foothold in the automotive service business now have their chance at South Florida State College. In Spring Term 2017, SFSC will launch evening Automotive Service Technology classes. Students interested in the program can learn more at an evening open house on Nov. 17.

The 30-month-long evening program kicks off with the start of classes on Jan. 4, 2017. Classes run 6–10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, on the SFSC Highlands Campus in Avon Park.

“SFSC’s new evening automotive service technology classes are a great fit for folks who work daytime jobs,” said Tom Bush, SFSC’s chair of Technical-Industrial Education. “This is the first time we’ve opened the program to evening students.”

Bush said a career in automotive technology is recession-proof. “No matter how bad the economy gets, people in a region like ours need a working vehicle to get around. So there’s always a need for well-trained automotive service technicians,” he said.

Students can complete the daytime automotive service technology class in approximately two years. The 30-month evening class, though, will accommodate students who work during the day.

On Thursday, Nov. 17, SFSC will host an open house to showcase the program to prospective students. Bush said individuals interested in starting the program are welcome to attend the open house any time between 5 and 7 p.m., in Building M, Room 110.

During the first year, students will receive instruction in brake maintenance, engine performance, and steering and suspension.

Bush noted that, because of the program’s length, students may qualify for financial aid, including Pell Grants. They can get their financial aid questions answered at the open house, he said.

The SFSC Highlands Campus is located at 600 W. College Dr., Avon Park.

Information about the automotive technology program, can be found on SFSC’s website: www.southflorida.edu. Visit the page and type “Automotive” in the search box at the top of the screen.

For more information about the program or the open house, contact Bush at 863-784-7117 or busht@southflorida.edu. For information about financial aid, contact the college’s Financial Aid Office at 863-784-7134.