MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Something positive is happening at an auto body shop in Frayser. Universal Achievers Foundation is offering job training for students through the city’s summer MPLoy program. As Local 24 News weeknight anchor Katina Rankin reports, it’s local good news.
Headlights and bumpers are coming off this tan car inside Quick and Fast Body Shop in Frayser.
“They come by here all the time, and they call me Unc in the neighborhood. So, I try to teach them the positive,” said Quick and Fast Body Shop Co-Owner Rickie Mason.
Mason is helping students in the Universal Achievement Foundation learn how to work on automobiles.
“Teaching them auto body and painting, tearing down and putting them back together, sanding as you see them doing now,” said Mason.
And student Genevieve Payne loves it.
“Mr. Mason teaches us about cars, but sometimes he also teaches us about more than cars,” said Payne.
They’re also learning life lessons.
“Take cars, take them apart. I can rebuild them,” said Payne. “Mrs. Houston, she taught us to be ready to go on an interview, how to get our resume ready, and how to determine if we have credit or debit and some things like that.”
The interview skills, combined with learning the nuts and bolts of auto repair, have these students extremely happy and proud.
“God gave me some of these skills to give to them because that’s where I got it from — Him. And, I want to pass it on to them, some of them, anyway, the ones that want to learn,” said Mason.
Their final project: putting a Stingray Corvette together again! It’s local good news.