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Chris Shepherd Is the 2018 I-CAR Platinum/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician

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The Shepherds celebrate the I-CAR Platinum/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year award that Chris received during an event in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, in November. The Shepherds celebrate the I-CAR Platinum/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year award that Chris received during an event in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, in November.

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Chris Shepherd, an I-CAR instructor for the past 10 years who currently teaches at Caddo Career & Technology Center in Shreveport, LA, was named the I-CAR Platinum/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year.

 

On Nov. 14, Shepherd received the award from Nick Notte, I-CAR’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, at the Fall 2018 ASE Board of Governors meeting and annual Technician Recognition Awards banquet in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

 

With an exemplary track record as both an educator and collision repair technician, Shepherd was chosen from among hundreds of individuals who hold both the I-CAR Platinum recognition and an ASE Master Collision Repair and Refinish certification for demonstrating a superior commitment to the industry and the overall importance of training. Shepherd has earned Platinum status for the Refinish Technician, Educator, and Non-Structural roles, and is also currently working on earning Platinum status for the Steel Structural Technician, Aluminum Structural Technician, Estimator and Auto Physical Damage Appraiser roles, according to a press release distributed by I-CAR.

 

A second-generation I-CAR instructor who began attending I-CAR courses with his stepfather as a teenager, Shepherd started his collision repair career as a combination technician at the age of 16 at Shouse Collision in Shreveport, LA. He later worked full-time as a technician at Rush Truck Center and Krystal Auto Collision Inc. in Bossier City, LA.

 

Shepherd began teaching collision repair courses at Bossier Parish Technical School in 2002 before becoming an instructor at Northwest Louisiana Technical College. In 2015, he was hired to be a collision repair teacher at Caddo Career & Technology Center, a position he still holds today. In addition, he works part-time at VeriFacts as an inspector and a coach.

 

Shepherd knows there is a genuine need for young professionals in the collision repair industry. However, he said, the tech schools don't sufficiently prepare them for the real world upon graduation.

 

"We're with these kids eight hours a week, so once they get a full-time job at a body shop, they are asked to work 40 hours weekly. Some of them get overwhelmed and can't function in that environment." he said.

 

Shepherd said that teaching his students "soft skills" is in some ways more important than teaching them technical skills, he said.

 

"Building their communication skills is essential, and that's why I work hard to keep them engaged,” he said. “Every day, I shake their hands in the morning and then again at the end of the day, and I try to teach them things like a work ethic, punctuality and follow-through."


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