By Nick McConnell
When your tire goes flat, quotations from Shakespeare or the quadratic formula are unlikely to help you solve the problem. But something Vacaville Unified School District high schoolers learn in their automotive classes just might.
Chip Reeves, Automotive Technology Instructor at Will C. Wood, has been teaching automotive classes at the school for nine years so far, after teaching similar classes for about four years in Southern California. He also teaches for Solano Community College as an automotive instructor, and students from VUSD high schools can participate in those classes as well after school.
This year, Reeves has about 125 students from across two levels of automotive classes. In Auto One, students spend three class periods a week in the classroom, studying automotive concepts, then work in the shop for two days a week, applying their knowledge in practical ways.