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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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...participate in work placement. During the lunch period, students will leave the school and work the rest of the afternoon. For further education, students work one-on-one with a technician.

 

The new building and its accompanying facilities mean a lot to the advancement of the program.

 

“We went from a 40-year-old paint booth to three paint areas. The areas are top of the line and state of art facilities,” Burton said. “Students are learning in the best possible areas and with the best tools. My paint booth is the newest in town.”

 

Fairborn High School junior Hannah Graves took a unique approach when deciding to become a part of the program. Originally, she was deciding between two different labs. However, visits to GCCC changed her mind.

 

“When I came for CAD Days and Greene Day, I felt like it was something that I could get involved in. It was something about the lab that drew me in,” Graves said.

 

Graves added auto collision repair is a male-dominated field, which also encouraged her to become involved in the program.

 

Xenia High School junior Dailyn Arnold shared the same sentiment as Graves. With the field being so male-dominated, she wants to make a difference. Plus, the field does not contain many women of color. Arnold wants that to change.

 

Arnold’s dad is involved with the mechanical side of auto repair. However, that area did not appeal to her. Her path to the program mirrors Graves’ path.

 

“I was between two labs. On Greene Day, I visited Mr. Burton’s lab. Something clicked for me,” Arnold said.

 

Being a student at GCCC and in the auto collision repair program has completely altered the outlook on Arnold’s future.

 

“Before coming to GCCC, I was not thinking long-term. I was thinking about...