Leading the nation

By on May 19, 2012

Photo: Students in Waubonsee Community College’s automotive recycling course remove a car part in the Sugar Grove Campus automotive shop, which was recently designated a GreenLink Shop by the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair. Waubonsee is the first school in the nation to earn this distinction. Courtesy Photo

Waubonsee becomes first school to have automotive program named GreenLink Shop
Sugar Grove—Waubonsee Community College’s automotive technology facility has been named a GreenLink Shop by the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR). Waubonsee is one of just four shops in the state and the first school in the nation to earn this designation.

GreenLink Shops must achieve a standard of excellence in environmental, health and safety operations. This includes everything from displaying safety posters to practicing appropriate fluid management, which involves draining automotive parts; controlling leaks and spills; and properly recycling, reusing or disposing of fluids. And while the designation requires just one person in the shop to complete the CCAR’s Safety and Pollution Prevention (S/P2) online learning program, Waubonsee requires all students and faculty members to finish it.

A leader in environmental responsibility, Waubonsee was also the first school to offer a certificate in automotive recycling, with classes debuting last summer. Developed in cooperation with the Auto and Truck Recyclers of Illinois, that coursework focuses on the environmental regulations for disposal of common substances, as well as proper procedure when dismantling cars and repurposing parts.

Two auto recycling courses are being offered this summer. The first begins May 19. For more information, visit www.waubonsee .edu/automotive.