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Students to be taught car inspections

August 06, 1997

By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer

Students would receive training to become state vehicle safety inspectors under a reorganized automobile education program at South Hagerstown High School, officials said.

The school's automobile education program has typically given students a basic understanding of car mechanics. But under the new proposal, which was approved by the Washington County Board of Education Tuesday night, students would be able to specialize in mechanics or learn to become a state safety inspector after completing the car course, said Washington County school officials.

School officials believe there are many students who do not want to become fully certified mechanics, but are interested in becoming safety inspectors.

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After completing the required courses at South Hagerstown High School, students would have sufficient training to take a state test to become a safety inspector, school officials said.

Students who want to become a certified mechanic can continue their training at the Washington County Career Studies Center, officials said.

Auto mechanics have been taught at South Hagerstown for years, but state education officials recently questioned whether the studies were still needed at the school, according to Dennis McGee, director of facilities management.

But state officials later agreed to keep car classes at the school after the proposal to start a safety inspection program was developed, McGee said.

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