The classroom portion of the automotive programs focuses on automotive related topics like insurance, car buying/leasing, navigating the need for automotive repairs, and effectively navigating finding fair deals and not being taken advantage of in all areas of the automotive industry. The hands-on areas of the automotive technology program includes general maintenance areas like: conducting general safety inspections, changing tires, brakes, and wipers. For students that are working towards a further career in the field of automotive, classes would take a more advanced focus on topics like engine and transmission mechanics. Students on this tract also work on the replica 1965 427 Shelby Cobra builds and the restoration project of refurbishing a 1942 1.5 ton Chevrolet Dump Truck.
"I thought they were going to teach us about cars. I thought we were going to look at schematics, for example. But the very first session I was put to work on the car. I took off all the sheet metal that was under the fiberglass frame and sent it out to paint. We weld and sandblast. I've done gas, MIG, and arc welding." – Chris, he has enrolled in a premiere, year-long, post-Chamberlain professional training program in auto mechanics.
Doug Anderson founded the Automotive Program in 2004 based both on his love for auto mechanics, but also for his appreciation of the ability and potential for success of the students we work with. Doug spearheaded the building and completion of the first two Cobra projects in addition numerous other general maintenance projects. Doug’s influence led students outside of the Automotive to shop to locations like the Monticello Raceway in Monticello, NY to an event that led to auctioning off the first Cobra build to benefit charity.
Our aviation program is not theoretical—though it does teach a bit of physics and meteorology. It's a flight program. Once students graduate from Chamberlain or move on to a different education setting, many continue their instruction, having acquired at Chamberlain some of the 40 hours needed to get a pilot's license.
Students attend Alpha One Flight School in nearby Plymouth, Massachusetts. The ground school is relaxed, challenging, and fun. The plan of study is easy to follow and given in a lecture format. The classroom is set up with video training aids, visual aids, a navigation planning table, a computer weather station, and a full classroom for preflight and post-flight briefings. The Private Pilot Part 61 training syllabus allows students to learn at their own pace and the instructor is able to adjust the program to compliment the student pilot’s developing skills. Instruction includes the use of an FAA approved “Elite” simulator for practice on rainy days. Most students who participate in this enrichment course leave with instructional in-flight hours in their pilot's log.
"My single favorite part of my current schedule is the Aviation program. I really like Chris Fennelly, who coordinates the program. We go out every Monday and fly planes. Getting to fly is like a dream come true; I've wanted to do it since I was eight. I've only just started." – Daniel, a Senior