County commissioners present proclamation for the Tire Project

Genesee County Commissioners Ellen Ellenburg and Mark Young present Delta Tire of Burton and Flint Innovative Solutions with a proclamation from the Genesee County Board of Commissioners. Photo provided

Genesee County Commissioners Ellen Ellenburg and Mark Young present Delta Tire of Burton and Flint Innovative Solutions with a proclamation from the Genesee County Board of Commissioners. Photo provided

BURTON — Genesee County Commissioners Ellen Ellenburg and Mark Young presented Delta Tire Burton and Flint Innovative Solutions with a proclamation recently, for their new program called The Tire Project.

This program provides short-term, hands-on job training to participants with the goal of readying them for tire technician positions.

“We’re trying to focus on short-term intensive job training for many people who don’t have the luxury of sitting in a classroom for a year or two years to learn a skill, but have the desire,” said Program Manager Kris Johns.

The Tire Project is an intensive pre-employment program that prepares north Flint residents for entry-level positions as tire technicians in automotive repair centers through a nine-hour hands-on training program. The purpose is to provide participants with an immediate skill set for the workplace with the potential for career advancement.

In July, five individuals from across Flint attended the two-day training. The purpose of the program was to train individuals interested in automotive repair with the goal of getting the participants ready for jobs a tire technician.

The training program is a partnership between Flint Innovative Solutions and Delta Tire, while the Ruth Mott Foundation provided funding for the training program.

Kyle Krupa, owner of Delta Tire, opened his shop for the training activity

“We hope this program is successful and receives the spotlight it should receive, and it continues to grow so we can help advance the careers of these folks in the automotive industry,” said Krupa.

Participants learn the skills and knowledge needed to be a tire technician trainee. The curriculum teaches the fundamentals of the position ranging from tire inspection to customer service and salesmanship skills, according to the Flint Innovative Solutions website.

Participants receive hands-on experience using the core pieces of technology used in every retail tire repair center.

Delta Tire is located at 3476 S. Saginaw Street in Burton.