I have seen no shortage of titles about young people don’t care about cars, and they always confuse me a bit. Aside from my car obsession, I met many young (or young at this point) like-minded people during my time at McPherson College. Small liberal arts school that, although offering all kinds of degrees, happens to have four-year degree in automotive restoration. A lot of students have gone through there eager to learn and work on cars. And that university is about to get a big boost thanks to a $500 million gift.
An anonymous, but incredibly generous gift to a small college in the middle of Kansas. It’s also a fitting gift up to that point. So McPherson’s goal is to raise another $250 million to get the full match. Up to this point, $130 million has been secured for that goal and ends June 30, 2023.
The money will go to the university and will support many projects, not just the auto restoration program. Projects within the works that will benefit from the giveaway include new construction projects such as a new sports center and student community areas, as well as university student debt relief program. In particular, for the restoration program, the money from this gift will go to new climate-controlled car storage and many new workshop equipment.
Also, if you haven’t heard of McPherson before, here are some more details about the auto-recovery program (I assume this is the part you’re most interested in if you’re reading this). Automatic log):
The program offers a four-year bachelor’s degree and they’re not just for working on cars. After going through the program, I can confirm that you will also take general education courses as you would with any other major. That way, everyone gets a little better. But there are also a lot of comprehensive engineering courses: paint, metalwork, upholstery, engines, chassis and woodworking are all part of the program. Interesting cars on hand, such as a recently given car Ferrari 365 GTB / 4 Daytona and a Mercedes-Benz 300 S being restored for display at Pebble Beach next year.
No experience needed to join the program, just passion for working with cars and a willingness to learn.
Many tracks are available depending on your preference. I pursued a media career, so I traded some more advanced technical courses to media related ones like multimedia storytelling, HTML design and more. There is a straight technological path mostly working directly on cars. Management Track has courses on running your own business and setting up your own store. And then there’s the history and the blueprints which are pretty easy to understand.
And if you can’t afford to spend four years in school, McPherson also has week-long summer courses for those looking to hone their skills or learn new ones.
You can get more details about degree programs and summer courses here.