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PCYC and Beat the Heat create dream course for Auto I students!

Published: April 26, 2022 9:16am

The PCYC Automotive I course has always been a draw for students that are disengaged from traditional school, but since partnering with Beat the Heat, attendance is near 100%.

Beat the Heat is a community based anti-street racing program run by community members with the goal of reducing illegal street racing and associated trauma.

Thanks to an introduction from a local Police Officer during the latest course, who could see the joint values aligning, Rockingham PCYC’s Institute of Training will now collaborate with Beat the Heat for all future courses. This means students will have the opportunity to work on a new racing car every course, as well as watch them race at the Perth Motorplex as a reward after graduating.

The latest Institute of Training graduates were also the first students to participate in a drag car project at Rockingham PCYC thanks to the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia's Grant Scheme, supported by Lotterywest.

The graduation was buzzing, with a VIP visit from Hayley Edwards, Deputy Mayor City of Rockingham, speech from President of Beat the Heat (WA), Mike Pearson, plus family and friends there to celebrate. PCYC CEO, David van Ooran, and Michael Vigar from the Rockingham Youth Centre also came to show their support, celebrating both the students achievements and the wonderful new collaboration.

More information on the drag car project can be found here!