Sandy High student Mimi Van Tuyl in autos class

Mimi Van Tuyl, 17, enjoys hands-on aspect of learning in the automotive industry.

Traditional academics like math and writing have never really been Sandy senior Mimi Van Tuyl’s cup of tea. A kinesthetic learner, Van Tuyl would rather utilize her hands to fix a car than to operate a calculator, and that passion has procured her a place in the Mt. Hood Community College’s Ford ASSET program.

Through the college’s Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) Program, Van Tuyl will earn an associate’s degree of applied science. The program, according to the school’s website, is “designed to provide technically competent, professional level technicians for Ford dealerships.”

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Story and photo by Sandy Post Reporter Brittany Allen