McPherson College Starts One-Of-A-Kind Motorcycle Major

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

The nation's only four-year degree program in automotive restoration is right here in Kansas. Now, the program is expanding to include a major in motorcycles.

Students at McPherson College's Automotive Restoration Program learn techniques for auto restoration like removing dents, shaping metal, and welding. The auto restoration program gives students the chance to build their skills and then gain practical experience by restoring vehicles as part of the classroom curriculum.

The students work on cars from the early 1900s to the muscle car era. Now, students can also earn a degree in motorcycle restoration. The first students in the program will begin work this semester learning about the history of motorcycles. Next semester, they will begin work on restoring donated bikes.

Program administrators say there is a demand for people who restore and repair motorcycles. The program will kick off with a rally on the McPherson College campus in McPherson on Saturday, September 25th.

The rally is free to the public and includes free barbecue, tours of the auto restoration labs, and a chance to see McPherson students build a Model-T from a pile of parts in less than 20 minutes. For more information check out the McPherson College website by clicking on "Related Links" below.

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