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HOTROD I have written many articles for Hotrod & Restoration over the past three years. The "Interior Insights" column has been a joy to write for and I have written on many different subjects in regards to the trim industry, business and the like. One thing I haven't really hit on is something very close to me and one of my real passions, and that is, where do we find the next rising stars? Well that answer is simple: WyoTech. WyoTech is a postsecondary career college with five locations across the country. It is not just a tech school, but instead it is a community of students and instructors who are passionate about the automotive, diesel, motorcycle, marine, collision and refinishing, plumbing, elec- trical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) career fields. Campuses are located in Fremont, Calif.; Long Beach, Calif.; Daytona, Fla.; Blairsville, Pa.; and Laramie Wyo. The WyoTech campuses in Blairsville and Laramie both have a Trim and Upholstery Technology program. This program is one of the school's many three-month elective programs and is very popular among the students who currently attend these two campuses. WyoTech students take one of three six-month core programs, in- cluding Automotive Technology, Diesel Technology and Collision/ Refinishing Technology. Once they are finished with the core pro- gram, they take an additional three-month elective program with Trim and Upholstery Technology being one of many choices. Professional Hands-On Learning The Trim and Upholstery Technology course is a very unique elective program. What makes it so different is that students start with hands-on learning on the very first day of class. I started my career at WyoTech's Blairsville campus in August of 2002 as a Trim and Upholstery Technology instructor. I was co-owner/ operator of Weimann's Interiors in Delmont, Pa., for 18 years prior to becoming an instructor at WyoTech. Catch a Rising Star Teaching the next generation the tricks and tools of the trade. B y H a r r y W e i m a n n n n n n INTERIOR INSIGHTS 84 n Performance & Hotrod Business n May 2014 Students learn the tools of the trade: sewing machine operation, care for the ma- chine and instruction to set up the thread and bobbin. PHBMAYp58-91.indd 84 4/2/14 2:07 PM

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