Students at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School in Santa Ynez, California, were excited to receive their Black Rock wheels from The Carlstar Group. The students at Santa Fe Early College Opportunities in Santa Fe, New Mexico, posed for a quick photo with their donated products from Rugged Ridge before getting back to working on the build.

High School Students Wrapping Up SEMA-Supported Jeep Wrangler TJ Builds

SEMA has partnered with five high school automotive tech programs across the country to customize five Jeep Wrangler TJs. The semester-long build program is in the second year of a pilot that aims to introduce auto-shop students to customization by providing hands-on learning experiences with aftermarket products.

The participating schools include:

  • C.D. Hylton High School, Woodbridge, Virginia
  • Comstock High School, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • R.L. Turner High School, Carrollton, Texas
  • Santa Fe Early College Opportunities High School, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Santa Ynez, California

The vehicles were delivered to the schools in mid-February with a steady flow of aftermarket products arriving shortly afterward. To help sustain the program, SEMA relies heavily on parts or service donations from automotive aftermarket parts manufacturers, retailers, WDs and service-provider members. Through this program, companies are supporting the preservation and expansion of automotive education in high schools. The vehicles will be sold upon completion of the builds with proceeds being reinvested back into the SEMA High School Vehicle Build Program to fund another round of builds.

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