...a dozen industry thought leaders serving on the advisory board for the automotive collision engineering pilot program. Board members, who provide program guidance, include:
- Chris Andreoli, corporate claims process director, Progressive
- Jen Boyer, global collision Business and strategy manager, Ford Motor Company
- Mike Croker, global repair & training product manager for collision, Chief Automotive Technologies
- Ty Gammill, senior vice president of talent development, Caliber Collision
- Don Hermanek, president, The Hermanek Group; former chief client officer, Insurance Auto Auctions
- Sean Huurman, chief human resource officer, Service King
- Don Mikrut, chief development officer, Repairify
- Kim Morin, VP & chief human resource officer, Gerber Collision and Glass
- Chris Northup, CEO & managing general partner, Professional Parts Group
- Wendy Scheper, AVP of claims, American Family Insurance
- Aaron Schulenburg, executive director, SCRS
- Terry Ticel, director of field sales, I-CAR
- Ryan West, AVP of claims---Lakeland region, GEICO
Shifting Education Approach and Career Perception
The program follows Ranken Technical College’s unique apprenticeship model, which prepares students for success by treating them as professionals from day one. Designed with auto collision industry needs in mind, the program encourages schools and industry to work together to facilitate lifelong learning for the future leaders of the collision industry.
Through this defined two-year apprenticeship model, students receive real-world education by working alongside industry experts while also earning their associate degree. Participating students from Ranken Technical College, College of Lake County, Contra Costa College and Texas State Technical College are matched with an employer partner.
A portion of the student’s pay for work completed at the shop is subsidized by the program. Students rotate between...