Presented by Centric Parts and its StopTech performance and racing division

June 8, 2011

Kansas Career & Technology Center Training Next Generation of Technicians

The Kansas Career & Technology Center (KCTC) in Memphis, Tennessee is a vocational training center within the Memphis City Schools system. They provide vocational training to nearly 300 students each year to prepare them for careers after school. “We prepare literate, responsible people for their roles of leadership in a technological society. We strive to teach our students that learning is a life-long commitment and that all citizens have the responsibility of improving themselves and their surroundings,” reads the school’s mission statement.

Instructor Brian Sneed teaches Automotive Technology at the KCTC, giving his students hands-on experience with Hummer H1 SUVs and military HMMWVs. The students learn about maintenance and repair work, including rebuilding front brake calipers and installing lines and rear parking brake calipers.

Brian recently wrote to Centric Parts to see if we could help him source some Hummer H1 brake components for his class. While none were immediately available, Centric President Dan Lelchuk suggested an alternative. Sneed had some cores that could possibly be rebuilt at Centric, so why not ship them out and let Centric ship back the rebuilt ones?

The calipers were rebuilt and shipped back along with a few banners and other items for the students. “We are happy to support the education of young people in our industry,” said Lelchuk. “As a company we are all about educating customers and end-users about brakes, so donating these rebuilds was an easy decision.”

Best of luck to all of the students. These types of programs are such a valuable asset to our educational system and Centric is proud to be helping in some small way.