Southern Receives Grant for PowerSports Program

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has been awarded $220,000.00 from the WV Advance Development grant to create a PowerSports Technology Program. The Powersports Technology program will offer 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. Additional entrepreneurial training will be available to those individuals in the program interested in starting their own small business. “We have an opportunity to provide the industry in our community with world-class technicians,” said Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College President Dr. Robert E. Gunter. “Southern continues to look for ways to enhance the work force in our region, and the new Powersports Technology program does just that by targeting the specific needs of the growing industry in our area.” 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.” For more information visit southernwv.edu or call Guy Lowes at 304-236-7619.