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Butler’s Early College Automotive Program Starts This Fall

Butler Community College Auto Tech
Published: Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Butler’s Early College Automotive Program Starts This Fall

Butler Community College’s newest Early College Academy starts this fall. The Early College Automotive Technology Academy begins in August in the Peabody-Burns school district – USD398. This academy is new in many ways – new location, new subject and new partner. The Automotive Academy joins the nine other Butler Early College Academies that are ranked top-in-the-nation by the ACT.

Beginning in their junior year, area-students can take morning classes, taught by Butler Community College instructors, at Peabody-Burns High School. Automotive and general education courses the students take will be applied toward an associate degree from Butler. In addition to getting hands-on exposure to a car’s mechanical, electrical and fuel systems, students completing several general education courses as well.

Students do not complete their associate degree in this academy but position themselves to do so after they graduate high school. By being enrolled in this Early College Academy, students are able to complete an associate degree within a year of graduating high school.  Students in this program qualify for student ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) exams in four automotive areas. Upon completion of an associate degree, the student is qualified for student ASE exams in eight automotive areas.

Although this program is a partnership between Peabody-Burns school district and Butler Community College, other area high school students are encouraged to apply.

Along with the Early College Automotive Technology Academy, the Early College Aviation Academy in Rose Hill and the Early College Humanities Academy in Andover begin fall 2018. The Aviation Academy teaches unmanned aircraft skills and the Humanities Academy focuses on transferability to a four-year college. Other academies focus on health sciences, business & entrepreneurship, fire science, 3D, engineering technology, cyber security and education.

Please contact Lisa Bolin at (316) 218-6139 or or go to  for more information.