Learning how to fix bicycles is opening new career paths for teens

High school students often have limited options as graduation looms. While many are expected to go on to college, for some, that's not necessarily the best choice.

Bike shop owner Berri Michel was having trouble finding good employees and mechanics for her bike shop and wondered why there was no education outlet for students interested in the field. She had an innovative idea. She wanted to offer students the chance to learn bike mechanics, while picking up some career-building skills they would need to excel in any workplace.

"We envisioned it being similar to how the auto industry spearheaded the creation of high school auto shop programs back in the 1930s," Michel says. "So we set out to create new generations passionate and knowledgeable about bikes. And it’s such a fun way to learn!"...more