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Friday, 23 April 2021 17:23

Working on Cars Attracts Students to Ohio Auto Collision Repair Program

Written by Darryl McGee, Xenia Daily Gazette
Greene County Career Center auto collision repair students Hannah Graves, left, and Dailyn Arnold, right. Greene County Career Center auto collision repair students Hannah Graves, left, and Dailyn Arnold, right.

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For Greene County (Ohio) Career Center auto collision repair teacher Rick Burton, it is fairly easy to describe how his program attracts students.

“Kids get drawn in by people, especially family, who are working on cars,” Burton said.

 

GCCC’s auto collision repair program consists of various aspects. Body work and paint are two of the most important skills students will learn.

 

“We teach them to weld, basic mechanical work, ton of soft skills and estimating,” Burton said. “We get into various forms of restoration work.”

 

One of the highlights for students who participate in the program is getting to put their welding and mechanical skills to work in other labs on GCCC’s campus.

 

According to Burton, interactions with customers play a huge role in the field of auto collision repair. As a result, he prepares students for such situations.

 

“Whenever possible, we put students in live situations with customers,” Burton said.

 

Burton said part of the learning process for the auto collision repair industry requires students to become involved with I-CAR, a national accreditation program.

 

“Students leave GCCC with two platinum certifications,” Burton said. “The credentials in this program are adult credentials.”

 

Entry-level career opportunities are available for students in Burton’s program. He constantly receives calls requesting assistance for helper positions of body technician and painting.

 

During their senior year, students in the program are able to...


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