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I joined the WyoTech team because I had a successful business that could run without me and I had wanted to teach young people a trade that was my passion. As I mentioned before, this is a very unique program and one of only a very few of these types of programs in the country. More details about the program to follow, but first let me explain a little more about why WyoTech is such a unique school. WyoTech operates year-round, starting new students every three months, running two shifts each day. The students attend school five days a week, eight hours a day for nine months. The reasoning for this type of intense school structure and compressed program is to get students into school, complete a 1,500-hour program, and graduate and pursue their career. The eight-hour class day simulates the workday students will experience once they graduate. Another reason this school is so unique is its strict professionalism policy. Each phase of the program is made up of a six-week block. During the six-week block, a student cannot miss more than 25 hours or they can't continue to attend school. This attendance policy helps WyoTech groom students to meet employers' expectations—profes- sional, trained, punctual and dependable employees. Our job at the campus is to convey this to each student and help them be successful in the workplace. The other requirements of the professionalism policy are shaving daily, clean uniforms with shirts tucked in, work boots and the use of professional language. The professionalism policy is a key factor in the success of students entering the workforce. The Career Services Department on the campus plays a large part in students' success. It provides each student with career placement services. Career Services starts working with each student the very first week in school. Once each quarter the campus hosts a career fair where em- ployers from across the nation meet with our students and interview many of them for that dream job. If a shop or business has an interest in attending one of our fairs, they can contact the Career Services Department at one of our campuses and request a schedule and be added to the list of employers invited to attend. Those who are look- ing for entry-level trimmers can contact WyoTech to receive names of students who graduate from the Trim and Upholstery Technology program for consideration as possible employees. Competency Basics I want to take you for a quick overview of the Trim and Upholstery Technology program. During the first six weeks, the student is taught sewing machine operation, care for the machine and instruction to set up the thread and bobbin. Students learn the tools of the trade, how to measure and how to cut material at the exact dimensions needed. Diamonds are not as popular as they once were, but the exercise gives stu- dents practice on laying out different designs and then uses them as an in- sert in a mock-up seat. May 2014 n Performance & Hotrod Business n 85 PHBMAYp58-91.indd 85 4/2/14 2:07 PM

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