Archive for Thursday, May 12, 2005

Senior gets vocation, life lessons in school

May 12, 2005

Jeremy Farr started vocational school just to get out of his seat.

"I can't sit still for seven hours. My legs start shaking," he said.

Farr, a Lansing High School senior and member of the Class of 2005, has attended Kansas City Area Technical School in Kansas City, Kan., since his junior year. He takes an auto collision repair course there, but he said he hardly knew anything about body work when he started.

"I kind of went into it not knowing a whole lot," he said. "I've learned a lot down there."

Now, Farr said he could do "anything to do with a wrecked car," from straightening frames to taking out dents.

But Farr has gained more than just technical skills from his vocational classes. He credited his teacher, Ron Bales, with many of the life lessons.

"My teacher has been a role model for me, with the business and just with life," Farr said.

Farr said he respected Bales for having more than 20 years of shop experience and having owned his own body shop. Farr said he'd considered owning his own shop but had been discouraged from it.

"A lot of people say it's like a bad dream - it doesn't come true, it doesn't work out," he said.

For now, he's focused on finishing his vocational program. He said he would get the summer off and return to KCKATS in August. Farr said he expected to be finished next March, when he will take a test to receive his Automotive Service Excellence certification. Once he's certified, he said he would try to get an internship at a dealership in the Kansas City metro area, possibly in Shawnee or Olathe.

"Lansing's too small," he said.

Farr is looking toward not just his career but also to his future. He had plans for himself already: "Get a good job, have a good family, always be there for my mom."


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