Gilmore Garage Works™ Putting Education In Motion.


Garage Works LOGOBacked by generous donors and fueled by the passions of a team of mentors, we launched the Gilmore Garage Works after-school enrichment program in the Fall of 2009. Today our mentors provide insight-filled instruction in automotive technology, giving students skills in welding, painting, and fabrication.

The goal: guide students down career paths while developing in them an appreciation for automotive history, as well as the soft skills of personal responsibility, consistent attendance, and the importance of personal presentation.

Students leave the Gilmore Garage Works program with a resume, a portfolio, and personal letters of recommendation—as well as self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment.

To become part of this critical program, as a mentor, student, or as a financial supporter, please contact Fred Colgren in our Education Office or call 269-671-5089 Ext. 21.


Don’t just take our word for it…

“The vision for the project is outstanding and I am glad that the students of Barry County are benefiting from it.”
– Jeff Jennette, Superintendent Barry, Intermediate School District

“It gives us a chance to pass along some of the knowledge we’ve learned through the years. We get a chance to learn from them as well. They bring a lot of their own life experiences to the table.”
– Jerry Morrissey, Mentor

“Our intent is not to turn out welders, painters or restoration professionals, but to introduce students to a unique environment and give them exposure to hands-on experiences that we hope will motivate them to pursue further education, training, and a career.”
– Michael Spezia, Executive Director, Gilmore Car Museum

“It’s fun, it’s all great. I like learning new stuff every time I’m here.”
– William Boyd, 18