As a boy, Kody Richards had a collection of matchbox cars numbering close to 100,000—a sure sign of things to come. As he grew up, he started working in his family’s snow plowing business, maintaining their temperamental truck to keep it lumbering through the snowy roads. Now, the 18-year-old makes sure his 1988Jeep is humming like new. Richards is a student in the automotive technology program at Edison Academy—a career and technical education program adjoining Thomas Edison High School in…