IMPACT60 nonprofit uses car class to lift those who need a hand up

MARYSVILLE — Trevor Stout stepped on the pedal of the tire-changing machine, and as he guided the arm that peeled the rubber away from the rim, sweat dripped down his face and pooled behind his safety glasses.

“I don’t know why I have so much anxiety about this,” he told the other students gathered around him and watching.

Someone replied: “Because that tire can blow off. That’s some scary stuff right there.”

Instructor Alvin Meek laughed. “You’ve got this,” he told Stout.

Students try to identify parts on a car at Marysville Early College High School. The classes teach auto repair, but also give students confidence and a sense of self-worth.

But that moment a couple of weeks ago wasn’t just about a tire. For Stout, who has more than a year of sobriety in his addiction recovery journey, it was just another step down the path of proving to himself that he can accomplish what he puts his mind to.

He is one of 11 people in the current Technician Advancement Program (TAP), a free 10-week class hosted at Marysville’s Early College High School by IMPACT60, a local nonprofit organization.