A local auto shop is working on becoming a vocational classroom.
J.E. Robison Service on Page Boulevard has partnered up with the Northeast Center for Youth and Families in Easthampton, with the goal of becoming an accredited vocational school for its students.
NCYF states its mission is to provide kids with the stability, skills and support they need to successfully re-join their families and communities.
"I have worked so hard to help young people who grow up different have better lives," said John Elder Robison, owner of the auto shop. "It's a really important thing to me. Of course a lot of people know me for autism, but anyone who has read my brother's book, Running with Scissors, would know that we grew up with all kinds of other challenges too."
Robison said his shop will go through a state inspection later this month.
They hope to have their accreditation shortly after that.
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