Wednesday, 07 July 2021 15:26

Illinois Community College’s Collision Repair Program Receives Highest Level of ASE Accreditation


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The automotive collision repair program at Richland Community College in Decatur, IL, was recently recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for receiving Master accreditation---the highest level of program accreditation recognized by the ASE.

The program received the accredidation in damage analysis/estimating/customer service, painting and refinishing, non-structural analysis/damage repair, structural analysis/damage repair and mechanical and electrical components.


“Richland now offers the only ASE-certified collision repair program in Central Illinois," said Andy Hynds, dean of mathematics, science and business. "Courses are hands-on and are taught in the state-of-the-art Workforce Development Institute. Certificates can be earned in as little as five months, with degree options to enhance one’s skills.”


The Decatur area has seen growth in job openings in this field, added Hynds.


“The collision repair industry is a clear path to a rewarding career," Hynds said. "In recent years, there have been an average of 25 job openings annually in Decatur and surrounding counties. A specialist in the field can expect to earn an average of $20 per hour, with plenty of opportunities for work.”


Kent Mears, assistant professor for the program, has been working in the collision industry for more than 43 years and has been at Richland for eight. He feels the program has been a success because of...

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