|Randy Forrest, left, reviews the spec sheet for a new Audi A6 on the Celette dedicated bench with T.J. Bragg, program chair. Photo courtesy Austin Community College.|
Classes are taught evenings in the Reagan and Crockett high school body shops. Currently there are 25 students enrolled this fall in three of the six different courses offered in the program. Students range in age from recent high school graduates to seniors in their fifties and sixties.
“On-the-job training is no longer adequate for understanding the highly complicated vehicles produced today,” says T.J. Bragg, instructor and program chair. “ACC provides certified instruction using the most current approved methods for auto collision and repair.” T.J. grew up working on cars and high performance engines, including hot rods, and decided to focus his professional interest on body work.
ACC’s courses are clustered into short certificates and a two-year associate degree. Each certificate provides a set of marketable workplace skills. These certificates build on each other to fulfill the requirements for an Associate in Applied Science in Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing. The courses are built around the I-CAR curriculum and can earn gold class points.
“The ACC program is giving me hands-on experience as well as textbook knowledge of the autobody world,” says Randy Forrest, 24, who is studying for an associate degree.
Graduates will enter a strong job market, says Mike Midgley, vice president of workforce education and business development.
“Autobody repair is a high-demand occupation,” he says. “This program is not only an investment in our future workers but in the service and safety of our driving community.”
Equipment donations are encouraged. Contact: Applied Technology, Multimedia, and Public Service Division at (512)223-6089 or www.austincc.edu/autobody/