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Ed Attanasio

Ed Attanasio is an automotive journalist based in San Francisco. Ed enjoys sports of all kinds and is a part time stand-up comedian.

 

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Tuesday, 01 December 2020 19:11

Collision Repair Teacher Sets Students Up for Career Success

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Collision repair instructor Lonnie Higey teaches collision repair to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors for Lorain County JVS. Collision repair instructor Lonnie Higey teaches collision repair to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors for Lorain County JVS.

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...with more and more young women signing on for Higey’s classes.

 

“This year’s junior class has 14 girls and 11 boys, which gives us a total of 50-plus sophomores, juniors and seniors," Higey said. "Many of the girls go on to either independent body shops, like Ruby Tanner at Cleveland Power and Spitzer Chrysler Dodge Ram, Savannah Moore at Flatline Collision, and even Julie Taylor and Hannah Deichler at Riddell Sports in Elyria, OH, reconditioning helmets for sports teams.”

 

By leveraging more than 30 years in the business, Higey is adept at creating great opportunities for his students.

 

“Riddell has been a major employer of our students, and now we have several graduates working there full-time, as well as two seniors and seven juniors, six of which are girls," he said. "It seems that this program is getting bigger and bigger every year, because our students can see a future where they have many avenues for success.

 

"It’s great to see when my students and graduates can apply the talents they have learned here. One of my graduates told me that she was making more money than her father by working at Riddell.”

 

Fun has always been an integral part of Higey’s classes.

 

“We have a grill and we make pancakes,” he said. “I believe in having fun and enabling my kids to be creative in their thinking about collision repair and then apply it to almost anything---cars, trucks, boats, snow plows and golf carts. I’ve learned over the years that if students can have some fun, the program will grow by leaps and bounds.”

 

Juniors and seniors at Lorain County JVS are also enrolled in I-CAR’s professional development program to complete courses in painting and refinishing and non-structural technician. Upon completion, they have a Pro Level One certification.

 

Higey’s students can also study 3M Collision Academy and S/P2 safety courses, or learn...


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