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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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In addition, juniors and seniors also have the opportunity to compete in SkillsUSA, Higey said.

 

“We have made it to the state competition many times," he said. "This is always a fun time and a great trip, giving this opportunity to see how many students are there competing in all different industries and trades.”

 

Teaching his students is his No. 1 priority, but helping to place them in good jobs is a close second, Higey said.

 

“I tell my students' parents that I am not a teacher, I’m a job trainer. If they can get their kid out of their basement and into one of my classes, they have a fair chance to find a skill that they can use the rest of their lives."

If you want to stay in his classes, you play by Higey’s rules.

“I don’t have a lot of rules, so it shouldn’t be that difficult. My goal is to take my students out of a kid’s world and into the adult world. We are a school of choice, so these people should be able to motivate themselves, but I am willing to help.”

 

When it comes to retirement, the concept couldn’t be further from his mind, Higey said.

 

“As long as I can keep up with these teenagers, I see my see teaching into my 70s. The technology is changing rapidly, but most of the processes are still the same in many ways," he said. "If we can set these young people up for successful lives and careers, that is something I want to do as long as I can.”


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