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Homer Skelton Foundation Drives Student Success Two DCS Students Win $100,000 Scholarships
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Thursday, January 07, 2016

Homer Skelton Foundation Drives Student Success
Two DCS Students Win $100,000 ScholarshipsHSF2015 7366Hayden Jaynes  of Horn Lake High School, left , and Enrique Serrano of Southaven High, right, look over their new  “classroom” at Homer Skelton Ford.  Marty Tant is the Service Manager, center

The first two Automotive Program “Top Guns” have been named at DeSoto County Schools’ Career and Technical Center-- West.

Two students will receive scholarships and benefits that will total more than $100,000 per student in the Ford Asset Program providing tuition, lodging, and paid internships. The scholarships are being provided by the Homer Skelton Foundation.
The students are Enrique Serrano at Southaven High and Hayden Jaynes of Horn Lake High.

Ford training, hands-on, in-depth, and around the car knowledge is what they will gain with Ford ASSET (Automotive Student Service Educational Training). Ford ASSET is a 24-month, six semester, associate degree training program that provides them with the skills to succeed in the rapidly advancing automotive industry. By combining classroom training and automotive internship experiences at the Homer Skelton dealership, they will benefit from specialized training on Ford vehicles, components, and software.
“The automotive industry is moving into technology,” said Steve Johnson, Fixed Operations Director at Homer Skelton Ford. “You have to know the computer systems on cars before you can make repairs. This program will give these students an Associate Degree and put them well on the path to become a Master Technician.”
Johnson added that Master Technician’s salaries are in the six figures.
“This is a work-study program. For example, when students study transmissions for eight weeks, they will return to our dealership and shadow people in our transmission section, and have eight weeks of experience practicing what they studied,” Johnson said. “It is the best way to learn.”
The students and their parents met with the Homer Skelton team to learn what these scholarships provided. They were surprised to find out that they only had to provide transportation and food.
“We will pay for books and uniforms as well as tuition and housing,” Johnson said.

HSF2015 7361A partnership between DeSoto County Schools and Homer Skelton Ford has resulted in two, $100,000 scholarships.  The students are, front row, from left, Hayden Jaynes and Enrique Serrano.  On hand for the special announcement are, back row, from left, CTC-West  Automotive teacher Ronnie Elmore, Homer Skelton Fixed Operations Director Steve Johnson, CTC-West Principal Paul Chrestman,  Homer Skelton Fixed Operations Manager Charles Turner, and Homer Skelton service Manager Marty Tant.

Paul Chrestman is the principal of Career and Technical Center—West. The District is building a new $10 million facility in Horn Lake where the CTC-West will be located. The goal is to have it completed for the 2015-2016 school year.
“This Top Gun program is an opportunity of a lifetime,” Chrestman said. “If our students do as well as we expect them to do, this program may be continued. We would like to have two ‘Top Guns’ every year. We are appreciative of the Homer Skelton Foundation partnering with DeSoto County Schools.”

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