Chas Okerson Making a Pit Stop at Collier

Chas Okerson Making a Pit Stop at Collier
Posted on 11/22/2019
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It was like a scene out of any race car enthusiast’s dream—getting into an ’08 troyer, listening to the sweet rumble of the engine, and being able to talk shop with the driver. This is exactly what happened for Collier High School Structured Learning Experience (SLE) students and Collier Transition Program students.

Chas Okerson, race car driver at Wall Stadium Speedway, stopped by with his car to give Collier Students who are interested in pursuing a career in the race car industry a chance to know what it takes to be a professional race car driver. Students were allowed to sit in the driver’s seat, look under the hood at the engine, and ask Chas questions such as how he got involved in racing and any tips he had for those interested in becoming a race car driver. “You need commitment, patience, and money!” exclaimed Chas.

Collier’s SLE program places eligible students in off-campus jobs best suited to their career interests. Students will receive extensive coaching and job skill-development with the ultimate goal of students feeling a sense of accomplishment by completing the program, knowledge that they can obtain and maintain employment, and develop the skills required to advance their careers. Each student is provided a mentor to help them navigate their career path, make connections, build the skill set needed to continue their career in that field.

The Collier Transition Program, Exploring Potential Empowering Careers (EPEC), is a brand-new program, that works with students between the ages of 14-21, who have met all of their graduation requirements set forth by their school district but severely lack the social, emotional, and life-skills needed to successfully transition into the workforce or college. EPEC students need additional assistance in areas that are not addressed within the typical school setting such as interview skills, time management, interpersonal skills with co-workers, resume building, problem solving in the workplace as well as life-skills like cooking, food shopping, and money management.

Thank you Chas for making a pit stop at Collier and creating a once in a lifetime memory for our students!

To learn more about Collier School and the Collier Transition Program, visit our website,

Chas Okerson visits Collier Youth Services