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Education

February 16, 2014

Kokomo-Area Career Center

This is part of a regular series featuring a student and an employer involved in the Kokomo Area Career Center’s School-to-Work program. Any employer or student interested in the School-to-Work program should call James Stradling, KACC director, at 765-455-8021.

Student’s name: Vinny Puller

Parent: Anthony Puller

High school: Eastern High School senior

Career plans: Auto/diesel technician

KACC instructor: David Lingle, automotive technology

Internship Placement: Button Motors, 1400 E. Boulevard

Supervisor: Dane Paul

Vinny Puller’s thoughts:

“Mr. [David] Lingle, my automotive tech teacher at the Kokomo Area Career Center, helped me find this job. I started working at McGonigal’s in an unpaid internship, but then was hired at Button Motors in a paid internship program. Among my duties here at Button Motors are oil changes, inspections, product sales, tire service and customer service. I feel Button Motors offers the best lube bay service in Kokomo, and with the staff we now have on board, we can be successful completing all the new services Button offers. We are team workers at Button Motors. Recently, I visited the campus of the University of Northwestern Ohio, and I think I would like to study auto and diesel technology, as well as alternative fuels. It is amazing how much the Kokomo Area Career Center and this work experience at Button Motors have prepared me for my future.”

Dane Paul’s comments:

“At the Button Motors Express Lane, our goal is to service customers in less than 30 minutes. All our technicians are trained to better serve the customer and take care of vehicles in the best way possible. Soon, Button Motors plans to offer a larger selection of services to our customers. Vinny has been a good employee. The career center gives these students a step up the ladder so they are comfortable and prepared for the workplace. Vinny greets customers, preps for inspections, does inspections, adds oil, drains oil, changes filters and does brake calibration. Vinny was up to speed after only one week on the job. He will be able to train further at Button Motors since we have Level One and Two doing the Express Lane and Level One, Two and Three apprentices in the main shop. Button Motors also sends our employees to designated classes outside of Kokomo, where they learn a specific type of repair.”

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