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Partners in Education: Getting a Jump Start

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Partners in Education: Getting a Jump Start

CREATED Feb. 28, 2012

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Green Bay, WI - Many students take part in internships or apprenticeships during their time in college. But one student at Green Bay Preble High School is going above and beyond, by getting a head start in his chosen career field.

Dion Bott is a senior at Preble, and a self-proclaimed car fanatic.

"Cars are pretty cool," said Dion. "I had a Firebird, and that was really sweet." 

Dion is interested in becoming an automotive technician. Most days after school, you can find him at Gandrud Car Dealership.

"I do that Tuesday through Friday, and I sometimes work on Saturday," Dion said.

It's part of a youth apprenticeship program through the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.

"It's a very entry-level position for him to get started, and to learn some of the quick, easy things to get him started for the program," explained Dion's supervisor, Jamison Jebavy.

During his time at Gandrud, Dion has learned how to complete oil changes, tire rotations and fluid checks. But it's hist upbeat and positive attitude that has Dion getting rave reviews from his supervisors.

"His work performance is excellent. I wish, if his parents would allow, that I could clone the kid," said Jebavy.

This fall, Dion will start a two-year automotive program at NWTC. He says he hopes to continue working at Gandrud, but in a different capacity.

"Most likely move to the back and become an auto technician here," said Dion.

For others looking to get a jump start on their careers, Dion says an apprenticeship program is the way to go.

"It's great. It's a great opportunity to get a head start and get college credits for it."

Dion manages to balance his apprenticeship while excelling in the classroom and even taking classes at NWTC.

He says he's grateful for the experience he's received, and is more than ready to start work in his dream field.