Manheim California recently announced that it has planned another trip to Valley High School in Santa Ana, Calif. for the third year of its “Flip this Car” project, which shows auto shop students how to recondition cars and auction them off to expand their understanding of career options in the automotive industry.
The program provides students with both the opportunity to learn real-world skills and raise money to support their auto shop programs.
Manheim California developed the program with High School, Inc., a non-profit organization established to help prepare students for the 21st century workforce.
“When you can connect the best of what your organization has to offer with a need in the community, that’s where magic happens,” Manheim California general manager Tom Wemhoff said in a news release. “We’re thrilled to be continuing our partnership with High School, Inc. and working closely with our dealer partners to continue inspiring the next generation of the automotive workforce.”
Manheim California connects with its dealer partners to secure vehicles for the auto shop students and donates the total sale price back to the school once the vehicle is bought at auction.
All proceeds have gone to support Valley High School’s auto shop program for student’s new tools and resources.
A past "Flip this Car" project vehicle before it crosses the auction block. Photo courtesy of Manheim California.
Additionally, students can watch the sale from their classroom via Simulcast.
“From the first time I saw the hopefulness and pride in the students’ faces as their first vehicle crossed the auction block, I knew we had something special,” said Wayne Hefft, Manheim’s client solutions executive who has led the partnership for the last two years. “We’re proud of the success these students have achieved and look forward to continuing this great program.”
Manheim California has completed the "Flip This Car" project with four cars, earning a total of $14,000 in two years.
Hefft is currently working with Valley High School and dealer partners to secure the project’s next vehicle, according to Manheim California.
“Our goal at High School, Inc. is to set students up for success in the workforce by enabling them to build the skills and knowledge they need,” added program Director, Shaylin Johnson. “The unique partnership we have built with the Manheim team is exemplary of how local businesses can get involved and help drive students toward brighter futures.”