Gerald Sorce, automotive
teacher at West Bend West High School, front, and
Kyle Sieracki, a West junior, admire the
undercarriage of a truck on a hoist Tuesday
afternoon at Gordie Boucher Ford and Lincoln in West
Linda McAlpine/Daily News
WEST BEND -
Megan Hornung, a
sophomore at West Bend East High School, smiled as she
peered up at a catalytic converter attached to the
underbody of a truck up on a hoist in the service
department at Gordie Boucher Ford and Lincoln car
dealership Tuesday afternoon.
“That’s really cool,” she said.
Hornung was one of a dozen students from the West Bend
high schools enrolled in the automotive class who got a
behind-the-scenes tour of several car dealerships to see
first hand how the things they are learning can be put
to use on the job.
“I helped my dad fix cars from the time I was little,”
Hornung said. “I really enjoyed that so I am planning on
making it a career.”
Hornung said spending time Tuesday touring different
service departments gave her a good look at seeing how
“It’s been interesting,” Hornung said of the tour.
“I am big into vehicles,” Tim Fischer, a West Bend West
junior, said about his interest in all things
automotive. “I like doing stuff with my hands. It was
great to have the chance to see what a job would be
“I think the tour is a good way for the students to see
what goes on behind the scenes, to see the mechanics
working, and see the kinds of tools used and their
working conditions,” Steve Straub, of Gordie Boucher,
who served as tour guide at the dealership, said.
As he lead the students through the reception area of
the service department, Straub noted that the dealership
“tries to make our customers as comfortable as possible
when they bring their vehicle in for repair or
The students also got a look at the dealership’s new car
offerings in the showroom.
There, a white 2014 Ford Mustang, BOSS 302, tuned for
racing and only one of 50 such vehicles made drew the
students undivided attention.
“I’ll bet that cost way more than my truck,” Fischer
said with a laugh.
“One wheel of it probably costs more than your truck,”
joked Gerald Sorce, the students' automotive instructor.
Sorce said he arranged a full day of dealer tours,
visiting six service departments, so his students can
get some understanding of what a career in automotive
repair looks like.
“They seem to have been enjoying it,” Sorce said of the
students' reactions. “They’re getting a chance to see
for themselves what a job looks like and to ask
questions about their possible career choice.”