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Article taken from The Panther Prowler, Volume 19 Issue 6: May 2010

Pischke's and AutoCare Mall offer outstanding opportunities for area youth

West Salem High School Automotive Instructor Paul Liethen is extremely thankful for the actions of a couple area businesses. Both businesses have volunteered to take on an Automotive Youth Apprentice for the last 4 years.
"These businesses have continually provided a solid commitment to the automotive industry and to the youth of our area by taking on a youth apprentice. I would assume it isn't the best business decision to hire a youth apprentice, but these students learn so much that just can't be taught in our shop at the high school," said Liethen.
Mr. Jim Gross of Auto Care Mall and Midway BP, and Mr. Rahn Pischke of Pischke Motors have partnered with Liethen's youth apprenticeship program to provide numerous opportunities to West Salem High School seniors thinking about a career as an automotive technician. As a result, these students have such an advantage over other students that enter the Automotive Program at Western Technical College, says Liethen. West Salem youth apprentice grads that have graduated from Western are currently employed in this field in businesses throughout La Crosse, Onalaska, and West Salem.
" I've always been impressed with these businesses. Sometimes the apprentice works out, and sometimes they don't, but these students get a taste of what it's like to be a technician, by working under the mentorship of experienced techs" added Liethen. "Sometimes the most valuable experience is that the apprentice learns that being an automotive technician isn't for them. Figuring this out in high school stops them from spending time and money at a technical college auto program."

West Salem High School automotive instructor Paul Liethen was a busy man this month as he awarded Duane Dahlgren of BP (far left), Scott Kaiser and Dan Gilster of AutoCare Mall, and
Jamie Nelson of Pischke Motors plaques for their work with West Salem High School students in youth apprentice programs.