SOY: Car detailing business has taught students career skills for 18 years

Published: Nov. 5, 2019 at 9:18 PM AKST
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It takes a lot of cleaning supplies, employees and man-power to run a car detailing businesses.

But the students at King Tech High School will tell you it takes more than soap.

“It teaches us about responsibility, it teaches us about working with a team,” said senior Korey Lyle.

For the past 18 years, students have helped run the car detailing business at King Tech High School.

It’s part of the Career Work Readiness course that rotates students through different career paths like culinary, automotive and cosmetology.

As part of the course, the students will also work on readiness, interviewing skills and help out with the business.

“It's work maturity skills, the soft skills that are involved in customer service,” said Greg Hartlieb, an instructor with the course. “For this phase, it’s all about work experience and getting the skills they need on an entry-level job.”

Anchorage School District students attend King Tech High School their junior or senior years, sometimes part of full-time, and have access to classes that can help them find a career path and explore options.

“I didn’t know what to do for a career,” said Career Work Readiness student Jennifer Loper. “So I pushed myself to come here. It was a great turnout. It’s the best decision I’ve made in my life.

Many staff members bring in their cars for a cleaning, but the service is open to community members as well for a donation.

To inquire about the services, you can call King Tech High School at (907) 742-8900 and ask for instructor Greg Hartlieb.

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