ATV racer to visits Tech Center
Kentucky ATV racer William Yokley spent Dec. 11 on the campus of the Tennessee Technology Center at Paris. He spoke to the Motorcycle/ATV Repair students. Course instructor Chris Grissom has worked with Yokley for many years. Students from some classes at Henry County High School also had the opportunity to hear him speak.
Yokley grew up in Tompkinsville, Ky., and still lives there. He started riding at 9 years old and gained experience riding multiple brands and sizes over the years. His current sponsors include Monster Energy, Kawasaki Motor Corp. and the National Guard.
“During my childhood, I enjoyed and respected all types of riding and racing, but focused mostly on motocross. At the age of 15 I started running in GNCC events and started desert racing at the age of 18 in the Baja 1000,” he explained, adding, “With a 20-year career under my belt, pro class for the last 10 years, I am racing in the WPSA and GNCC Series Pro Class this year.”
During the last 25 years, all-terrain vehicle racing has grown from grassroots recreation to professional-level entertainment. The last five years the industry has experienced unprecedented growth. ATVs, once used almost exclusively as utility equipment for hunters and farmers, have developed into high-performance racing machines.
With ATV racing on such an upswing, companies are looking to get on board with what’s become one of America’s fastest-growing motor sports. As a result, the need is growing for training programs similar to the new one at the Technology Center.
The TTC-Paris offers training opportunities in 12 programs: Business Systems, Collision Repair, Computer Operations, Cosmetology, Early Childhood Education, General Metals, Industrial Maintenance, Machine Tool, Motorcycle/ATV Repair, Practical Nursing, Robotics and Surgical Technology. Immediate openings are available in Collision Repair, General Metals, Motorcycle/ATV Repair, Industrial Maintenance, Machine Tool Technology and Robotics. For more information about enrolling in any of the programs, call (731) 644-7365.