Pa. students gain experience working on vintage cars

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 25, 2015 2:46 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Ralph Wilson

Classic cars are worked on at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport.

(Hershey) -- Young people are learning to work on old cars. 

When Penn College of Technology in Williamsport revved up its vintage vehicle restoration major in 2012, it became one of just a handful of degree programs around the country teaching teenagners and 20-somethings how to help refurbish and maintain North America's fleet of more than 10 million classic cars.  

Experts worry vital skills like metal shaping and upholstering might be lost unless a new generation is enticed into the field. 

The multibillion-dollar industry recognizes the problem of its aging workforce and has been throwing money at training programs and scholarships. 

The efforts are beginning to pay off.

The Penn College program and others like it are growing. 

Students recently found themselves competing against the pros at The Elegance in Hershey, one of the nation's most prestigious gatherings of antique automobiles.  

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  • webbrowan img 2015-12-21 23:13

    I think that a lot of students are learning how to value getting their hands dirty despite the fact that sending their cars to a workshop might be a lot quicker and simpler. We see a lot of kids coming in to compare car finance too when they purchase their first vehicle whether old or used or new and this new trend is something that I think is wonderful to see in the new generation!

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