The Workshop School is famous for its work in the auto shop. Before we even became a school, our EVX Team designed and built hybrid and electric cars that reached the semifinals of the Progressive Automotive X Prize – a story that was featured in the PBS documentary Fast Times at West Philly High.
But we didn’t stop there. The EVX Team went on to build a biodiesel powered sports car that got them invited to the White House Maker Faire, where they had the honor of meeting President Obama.
And we’re still going! The team is in the shop now, working on a new electric-powered super car. We continue to run fantastic internship program in partnership with City of Philadelphia Office of Fleet Management, along with several private employers. Workshop automotive students have the chance to graduate directly into well paying jobs on the field.
Most recently, we’ve launched Cars from the Heart, an amazing new program that lets our students hone their automotive skills while helping others. As part of the program, Workshop School students fix up cars that we have bought at low cost or received as donations, and in turn donate those cars to graduates of Youthbuild Philly, who need transportation to secure employment in construction and other jobs for which they have been trained. The program is great for everyone. We learn, we help others, and we work with an awesome partner. Check out the story that Fox 29 news did about the program!