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Students getting hands-on experience through Bridgestone partnership

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Students are getting the opportunity to work on cars on campus. (WSMV) Students are getting the opportunity to work on cars on campus. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A dedicated teacher can change students' lives, and News 4 found a shining example of that at Maplewood High School.

Metro Nashville Public Schools were closed Wednesday, but one group of students showed up anyway.

Students got the chance to hear from Firestone Racing's chief engineer, Cara Adams, as she spoke about her rise through the ranks.

T.J. Williams is behind it all. She is in charge of the Automotive Training Center at the high school.

After years of experience in the corporate world, she's helping students get hands-on experience.

Thanks to a partnership with Bridgestone, students are getting the opportunity to work at a Firestone Care Center on campus and gain industry certification.

"What happens is instead of our kids who were hopeless, they have all the hope and all the glory because they're learning a trade that will last them for a lifetime," Williams said. "It's about taking kids who have given up and folks have given up on them, and just seeing the sun shine through them."

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