FENNIMORE, WI (Ben Caxton) — An open house for the “Pistons to Pathways” program was held at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College last week. The college says the program, started in the 2018-19 academic year has emerged as a popular program for high school students interested in learning about becoming an automotive technician. During the event, thirty-or-so students from the area participated in a skills challenge, talked with current automotive technician students, as well as instructors and staff. Mark Fillback owner of the Fillback Family of Dealerships, was the catalyst along with Southwest Tech, the Wisconsin Auto and Truck Dealers Association, and Snap-On Tools for getting the program going in southwest Wisconsin. The program runs for the full academic year, beginning in September, and the students meet every Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Students learn the nuts and bolts in the Automotive Maintenance class from dealership employees, who are certified by Southwest Tech instructors. Upon completion, students earn three college credits in the Automotive Technician program toward a technical diploma from Southwest Tech.