A recent part-time class at Live Oaks Career Campus became a Hillsboro family affair. Reid Sharp, his father Rob, fiancé Maddie Cupp, and future father-in-law Tim Cupp decided to learn small engine repair at the campus in Milford.
“We were kicking around the idea of taking a class,” said Tim Cupp, a retired engineer.
“We wanted to do something new—something that isn’t what we do for a living,” added Reid, a veterinarian in practice with his father. “That’s what makes it fun.”
And Great Oaks seemed like a logical place to take a class; Reid and Rob had taken an antique auto restoration class at the Laurel Oaks campus in Wilmington years earlier, and Live Oaks was convenient. “The drive isn’t bad,” said Rob, “And the 6:30 start time fits our work schedule.”
Learning to work on small engines has been an adventure for the four. During the seven-week class, Tim repaired a go-kart engine and a generator, and Reid got a leafblower working. Rob, though, had a bigger challenge. “I have a weedeater that’s the bane of my existence,” he laughed. “Turns out it needs a set of rings, which I had to order from Greece.”
The four believe that Great Oaks classes meet their goals of having fun and learning something interesting. “This is like going back to college and taking only the classes you want,” said Maddie, who works during the day as a graphic designer.
“I don’t care about getting credit, and don’t care about grades. We’re just here to learn,” said Rob.
Reid agreed. “People get the Great Oaks flyer and don’t look at it—they might think it’s only a school to train for a new career. But it’s good, too, for people who just want to try something new. And it’s a pretty unique place. Where else can you learn in a facility like this?”
The family members are already thinking about the next class they’ll take together. For now, though, they’re savoring their new knowledge. “Most importantly,” said Rob, “I learned that sometimes it’s appropriate to use a crowbar in small engine repair.”
Great Oaks offers short-term personal enrichment classes like Outdoor Power Equipment and Engine Repair four times a year at Scarlet Oaks Career Campus in Sharonville, Diamond Oaks Career Campus in Dent, and Live Oaks Career Campus in Milford. For the latest class listings, go to gocc.axstudent.com.