Carrollton, Ky. — October 22, 2018 — If you see Chelsea Moore, there is a good chance she is helping someone. When she is not earning Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications at the Carroll County Area Technology Center, she works as a mechanic at Herb Kinman Chevrolet and serves on the Westside Volunteer Fire Department.
“Chelsea is a hard worker, and she knows where she is going,” said interim ATC principal Ron Livingood. “She doesn’t wait around for opportunities to come her way. She understands that ‘opportunity’ and ‘work’ are the same thing, something we try to teach all of our students.”
A senior at Carroll County High School, Moore takes classes in the morning and works in the afternoon through the ATC’s co-op program. However, Moore’s work day does not end when school does.
“I work until the shop closes at Kinman,” she said. “I do oil changes, tire rotations, inspections, and whatever else I can.”
Moore has earned three ASE certifications at the Area Technology Center: Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems and Suspension & Steering.
“She wants to work and learn,” said Robby Shepherd, service manager at Herb Kinman Chevrolet. “Before Chelsea came on, we needed help in the detail shop, and after we brought her on, she was maybe back in detail a week. But I knew she wanted a spot in the garage. With her certifications, I was able to bring her into the shop when a spot opened up. She’s been turning wrenches for years with her dad, so I knew she would be a good fit.”
Moore’s father, Chris Moore, has had a big influence on her life. He runs a garage in Prestonville, Ky., and also serves on the Westside Volunteer Fire Department.
“She started with me in the garage when she was five,” he said. “By the time she was ten, she could change the oil in your car. Growing up in the garage with me, she’s done just about everything. She can run equipment: dozers, backhoes, rollers. We have done a lot of work at the fairgrounds, and she’s run all that. She’s also raced four-wheelers all over.”
Before being hired at Herb Kinman Chevrolet, Moore worked in retail, but she knew that she wanted to work as a mechanic.
“I’m a big Chevy fan, so getting to work at Herb Kinman Chevrolet is great,” she said. “I am looking in to being a mechanic as a career. I’ve already been accepted into one technical program after high school.”
After spending the morning at school and the afternoon at Herb Kinman Chevrolet, Moore heads to the Westside Volunteer Fire Department to train with the rest of the Westside team.
“My dad has been a firefighter as long as I can remember, and as a kid, I was so excited to see him leave for a run,” Moore said.
“She’s state certified now,” her father Chris said. “She has her Level 1 certification now and is working on her Level 2. For her age, that’s quite a bit of hours.”
Moore first joined Westside through the junior firefighter program. Starting at age fourteen, teenagers can apply to be part of the program, which allows them to take regular firefighter training, such as Fire Behavior, Practice Burns, Fire Extinguisher and more.
“Chelsea is a regular firefighter now,” said Clyde Rowlett, chief of the Westside Volunteer Fire Department. “She goes on some runs now as long as it doesn’t interfere with her school. She does great. Her work ethic is great.”
A great work ethic, advanced technical certifications and a can-do attitude — Chelsea Moore is ready to help.
The Carroll County School District is a public school system that operates within the geographic boundaries of Carroll County, Kentucky. The district serves around 1,900 students K-12.
The Carroll County Area Technology Center provides a unique learning environment that helps students translate abstract concepts in math and science into concrete, problem-solving opportunities. These opportunities manifest themselves in highly technical solutions that are designed to fill the present high-wage, high-demand skills gap in our workforce. Students get hands-on learning that translates into cooperative learning opportunities and apprenticeships in area business and industry and manufacturing venues.
Carroll Co. ATC serves students in Carroll, Gallatin, Henry, Owen, and Trimble County in preparation for a global workforce.