Drivers could save hundreds of dollars per vehicle on maintenance if they did it themselves.

Drivers could save hundreds of dollars per vehicle on maintenance if they did it themselves.

These savings are the driving force of a new auto upkeep basic mechanics course to be offered through Central Christian College. The class is open to the public and begins as soon as the class is full.

Dean Kroeker, dean of professional education at Central, said he hopes the class will build self-confidence and cultivate ownership.

Kroeker and other college administrative staff have been meeting with business leaders in the community for about two years. Discussions have taken place regarding what kind of education they could offer the public. The conclusion was to aid the observed loss in basic skills.

The mechanics course is the first of several Central plans on offering the community. Other possibilities could include cooking or organizational behavior skills.

“The whole purpose is to give back to the community, because this is my heart” Kroeker said. “I don't want to just be a taker. I want to be a giver.”

The mechanics course will have three levels, and progress from information to hands-on activities.

Topics will include buying an automobile, safety, basic tools, auto care and cleaning, electrical systems, fuel systems and braking systems. For example, participants will learn how to change their own oil, which saves $30 to $35 on average.

“I want each of the participants to really feel they’ve gained some experience,” Kroeker said, adding many know more than they give themselves credit for.

Students will meet one night a week for five weeks. This will total 20 hours of class time and 60 hours of total experience. The course is not for credit.

Cost for tuition is $299, equipment fees are $25 and books total $47. The class’ only requirement is a valid driver’s license. Instructor is Jeremy Brown, chief mechanic at Central.

Classes are forming now, and will begin each time five individuals are signed up. To enroll, contact Kroeker at 620-504-5140, extension 3101.

“For me, it’s a real personal satisfaction,” Kroeker said. “I love to give because I appreciate people that give to me. If I can pass on knowledge, that’s so much more deep and rich. We’re equipping them to give to someone else and multiply this giving theory.”

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