Local Business Teams Up With Future Ready Iowa Program To Offer Special Opportunity For Students

Mon 5-3-2021

(Spirit Lake)-- A local auto and power sports dealer is offering a special opportunity for students interested in getting into those fields. Tony Petersen of Okoboji Motorsports says they, along with Kemna Auto Group and AutoSmart, are participating in the program. He says it was made possible through a grant they received from Future Ready Iowa...Tony Petersen01 

"We're looking to support kids that want to be technicians, they want to be in the automotive industry, power sports industry, but furthermore it also helps them with accounting, phone skills, leadership skills, you know basically just getting into the workforce, knowing they may or may not want to pursue a four year school or anything beyond that."

Petersen says they're working closely with Iowa Lakes Community College as well as area high schools in tracking down kids that may be interested...Tony Petersen02 

"It's through the Kemna Auto Group so anybody, students 14 to 19, can apply. The Application date is June 15th, and then the work dates are May 20th through August 15th and we pay the students $12 an hour plus they get benefits of working in a dealership, getting mentoring, plus if they want to be a technician there's grants for them to get tools and stuff like that as well."

Students can obtain applications at their school or by emailing