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: Addison Henderson
Parents: Kristi and Rodney Henderson
High school: Northwestern High School senior
Career plans: Auto shop owner
KACC instructor: David Lingle, automotive tech
Internship Placement: Burnett’s Auto Care, 2054 Kimberley Dr., Kokomo.
Supervisor: Phillip Hale, lead technician
Addison Henderson’s thoughts:
“I became interested in a job at Burnett’s Auto Care because my mom is a friend of the owner. My mom was my reference and Mr. Kimbrough hired me. I have been learning how the business runs day by day. I have worked independently on brakes, engine part replacement and oil changes, while I assist with bigger repair jobs. The Kokomo Area Career Center does a fine job of creating a first experience of an auto shop atmosphere, but the career center experience does not replace working in a business that is open to the public. Dealing with customer service happens at the businesses. After college, I would like to own an automotive tech shop in Florida, near where I lived when I was younger.”
Phillip Hale’s comments:
“At Burnett’s Auto Care, we offer low cost and high quality service. I believe Burnett’s is the best auto care shop in Kokomo. We are open six days a week: from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays. I think the Kokomo Area Career Center is very beneficial for the students because it sparks an interest in auto tech so these students can learn a trade. Addison assists me on bigger jobs, and he does things on his own once the job is explained. Addison is growing in his skills and this job at Burnett’s is helping him learn the basics of what owning his own shop might be like.”