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TRC Auto Presents October’s Lunch and Learn with a Leader Series at HHS

Matt Bahr, owner and master technician at TRC Auto in Highland, visited Highland High School on October 23 where he shared his experience and discussed various career paths in the automotive industry, along with sharing some hands-on auto care tips, with 25 students. Bahr not only spoke to the students, but he also sponsored the food for the lunch portion of the program.

The informative visit was part of the District’s monthly Lunch and Learn with a Leader series, a unique program designed to provide students with real-life skills education on important topics. Financial literacy, roadside automotive maintenance, and networking are just a few of the topics that will be covered in the coming months. The first 25 students to sign up each month are invited to the special luncheon event. Bahr’s session was filled to capacity with a waitlist.

Bahr has been working on vehicles since he was a youngster. In 1986, Bahr had launched his own wedding photography business, but needed health insurance so he took a job at a Toyota dealership, a move that would have a significant impact on his future. He soon became the youngest master technician in Toyota history, and his reputation earned him an offer to join a NASCAR pit crew. He turned the job down to hone his skills and increase his knowledge base by working at various car dealerships, including Subaru. At the Subaru National Technician Competition, he was ranked third in the country for his skills and was one of 50 technicians to be recognized globally.

Today, with his wife Sarah’s support and business acumen, TRC Auto is continuing to grow at its new facility on Route 299. The couple lives in Highland and has seven children.

HHS Assistant Principal Ryan Judge is pleased with the series. “The important life skills that our Lunch and Learn presenters are providing to students is so valuable,” said Mr. Judge. “Our students are learning about practical topics and situations that they will encounter for the rest of their lives. This ‘adulting’ focus will provide a lifetime of benefits.”