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Monday, 09 April 2018 21:57

Techs of Tomorrow: Vet Enrolls in Auto Body Courses at Waubonsee in IL, Becomes Tech

Written by Victoria Antonelli
Richard Gray began interning for Spanesi Americas in its data collections and measurements department in mid-April. Richard Gray began interning for Spanesi Americas in its data collections and measurements department in mid-April.

After serving in both the Marines and the Coast Guard, Richard Gray said he decided to pursue a career in auto body because of the need for technicians and his enjoyment of the work. 

The Waterman, IL, native started taking courses at Waubonsee Community College after reading an article in the Chicago Tribune about how the school is building an “auto body repair dynasty.”


“I knew then that Waubonsee would be the best place to go for what I wanted to study,” Gray said. 


So far, Gray said he’s enjoyed the plastic bumper repair and the frame machine repair classes the most.


“The most challenging aspect I’ve dealt with so far is the anxiety around being a little bit older than the average college freshman,” he explained. “However, after the first day I learned that age demographics do not matter, and that anyone who applies themselves and listens to what is being taught can do well.”


In mid-April, Gray will begin interning at Spanesi Americas in the data collections and measurements department. 


“Thankfully while being a student at Waubonsee, I was able to network with my collision repair instructor, Andy Macdonald, and the team at Spanesi Americas in Naperville,” he explained. “If all goes well, I hope to be full-time once I graduate in August 2018.”


“Richard is a very polite and well-mannered individual. He is also someone who is not afraid to think for himself and try things on his own,” said Macdonald. “These qualities assure me that Richard will be a success in whatever endeavors he chooses to pursue.”


For more information on Waubonsee Community College, visit www.waubonsee.edu.