RR 435: Young Careers In The Making – Automotive College Student Panel at CarFest 2019

The Panel:

  • Ashlynn Poole from St. Philips College, San Antonio
  • Cheyanne Keith from Southern Careers Institute
  • Michael Wheeler from TSTC, Waco, TX

Key Talking Points:

  • Takeaways- draining rear differential, working on automotivecar vs diesel, learning to get feel for the repair with your hands and not solely rely on your eyes
  • Motivation to enter automotive industry schooling- enjoy working with hands and taking things apart, being involved with lab work, passion for learning and apply what you learn  
  • Career options- not just technician, can sell parts, design parts, trainer
  • Owning their shop one day is a goal. This goal has an entrepreneurial drive
    • Michael wants to be the leader of the pack
  • Reliable safety transportation business- a new spin on automotive perspective
  • 50% of first-year students leaving the program
  • These students say ‘bring it on’ new technology does not scare them
  • Paid dealership training for Cheyanne
  • OE dealerships/brands continue to create internship programs for college automotive students


Automotive Students have a special series just form them. Listen HERE.

Previous CarFest Episodes HERE.


  • Thanks to Ashlynn Poole,  Michael Wheeler and Cheyanne Keith for their contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
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About the author, Carm Capriotto, AAP

Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast and the pioneer of automotive aftermarket podcasts. Carm calls on his years of experience in the aftermarket to bring engaging stories from his guests.

Listen to raw, unfiltered, honest, and sincere stories that include insights, trends, best practices, and expertise. Each interview brings an opportunity to learn one new thing through the stories of personal achievement. Many podcast guests tell their story of transformation from working in their business to working on it.

As host of over 1,000 episodes, Carm uses his enthusiasm and passion for the aftermarket especially the service sector to take his listeners on a journey showcasing successful service professionals’ paths to Remarkable Results. He also enjoys interviews with aftermarket industry thought leaders who bring their industry perspectives to his listener.

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