Warren Waugh continues investment in GHS Auto


Nicholas Poulin

Rising ninth graders pose with all-electric BMW i4 showcased by the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group


Recently, the GHS automotive tech program was granted $150,000 from Warren Waugh from the Lyon-Waugh auto group. This comes after years of previous funding from the auto group to the GHS program, as they donated $50,000 last year. 

The grant will directly affect the auto program at GHS, helping GHS keep staff and update machines and tools. “Initial funds will supplement teacher pay, help gear kids toward electric vehicles, and will help us redo our toolroom equipment,” said GHS automotive tech teacher, Branden Maciel.

On top of the $150,000 grant, Lyon-Waugh automotive group will offer promotions and showcases of new vehicles such as a BMW i4, and will offer day trips to the dealerships where state of the art technology can be introduced to students. The auto group will also offer a pathway to employment at the dealerships after graduation, offering students with well paying, entry level jobs. 

“With this grant, we are able to continue with more students in the auto program and provide more differentiated instruction tailored to the individual needs of students,” said GHS Principal James Cook.

Unlike other schools in the region, Gloucester has a high enrollment in vocational education, with many students working for family businesses or gaining employment after graduation. GHS senior Will Hughes sees the grant as an opportunity to better the program. “It helps us a lot,” said Hughes. “It makes things a lot faster with new technology, also a huge help with job placement.