Drivers Education may come to Lynnwood High School next year

Screenshot (472).pngWMST Drive, a local drivers education company, is looking to open a new location at Lynnwood High School this fall.

The school currently operates out of four other local high schools: Mariner, Cascade, Kamiak and Jackson highs. They are now in the process of applying to operate out of Lynnwood High School. If approved by the school, it has to be approved by the district and then by the Department of Licensing.

This is a process owner Chris Johnson said he is very familiar with, as he had to do the same thing for his other four high school locations. He hopes to better serve his students with the new location as early as this fall.

“We have a considerable number of students travelling to Everett from Lynnwood,” Johnson said. “This is something the students are asking for.”

Johnson said he also works with the school campuses to create scholarships.

“We are working with student bodies and counselors to get scholarships for drivers ed,” he said. “We also donate a drive class to each sports team, so they can auction it off for boosters, or give it to a deserving student.”

WMST Drive began as a school to train motorcycle riders in 2009. Johnson, who is from the United Kingdom, said he was trying to think of how to make motorcycles safer when he came up with the idea to teach teens drivers education.

“How can we teach drivers about motorcycles?” Johnson said. “Why don’t we follow the British model, where they teach new drivers about motorcycles too?”

So, in 2013, WMST Drive began teaching drivers.

For more information about WMST Drive, click here.

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