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WESTMINSTER - The Vocational-Technical Center has obtained a new Caroliner frame machine to help its auto repair students. Obtained with federal money at a cost of $34,000, the Caroliner is a state-of-the-art frame straightener for unitized auto bodies. Factory specifications are supplied by the manufacturer and updated when any changes are made.

Students learn how to set the vehicle on the Caroliner, hook up and read the gauges, read the spec sheets and straighten the frame back to factory specifications.

To do this, students must begin with an understanding of how the vehicle is constructed. Texts, lectures, demonstrations, videotapes and a supportive craft committee help the students to learn.

In addition, DuPont, 3M, R & M and Sherwin Williams Paint Co. all conduct free clinics and the class takes a field trip to the General Motors plant on Broening Highway each year.

Get financial help

WESTMINSTER -- The Westminster High School Guidance Department is offering a financial aid workshop for students planning to further their education 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the auditorium.

While the workshop will be beneficial to all high school grades, it will focus on 11th- and 12th-grade students.

Even as the cost of a college education goes higher every year, billions of dollars are made available to assist students of all ages in meeting those costs.

Featured in the program will be Robert Koerner, coordinator of Records, Registration and Financial Aid at Carroll Community College, who will present the concept of financial aid, educational expenses, grants, scholarships, loans and work study programs.

Information: 848-5050.

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