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Career Center car

Students in the SkillsUSA program at the Billings Career Center stand near a 1997 Mercury Sable they fixed up and donated. 

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The Billings Career Center donated a car students repaired as part of an annual project.

The school's SkillsUSA program has an annual donation project; this year, a donated 1997 Mercury Sable had its oil and filters changed, radiator flushed, battery changed and got a new oil pan, according to a release from the Career Center.

Angela Stewart was selected as the recipient for the car by officials from the Woman's and Family Center in Billings. She completed a program at the woman’s shelter and now has a full-time job. She said that she has not had a car for six years. To receive the car, Stewart had to get the car insured and licensed.

Stewart was presented the car at the Career Center's automotive shop on Nov. 21. 

The SkillsUSA program also delivered Thanksgiving meals to about 25 student who attend the Career Center and are considered homeless by the school district. Students and Bill Jensen, the culinary arts instructor, planned out and prepared the meal.

On the last day of school before break, students picked up the meals from Jensen's classroom kitchen and delivered them to SD2 homeless student liason Sue Runkle to be handed out. Each student received two complete meals. To preserve confidentiality, none of the students involved in the project knew the students who received the meals.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit group for high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.