“If I had never gone to Ulster BOCES, I might have never gone to HVCC. It’s where it all started,” he said. “It’s all connected.”
Schrowang showed initiative from the very beginning, according to Rosenberg.
“James was always positive and punctual with all of his assignments, but the biggest indicator for his success was his inquisitiveness about techniques that we hadn’t even gone over yet. He was really captivated by the subject matter,” he said.
In addition to teaching the skills needed for analyzing, assessing and fixing vehicles using modern and traditional techniques such as welding, shaping metal, auto body filler, and painting, Rosenberg stressed the importance of being able to work well with others and the importance of keeping the work area clean to avoid injuries.
Dan Starr, owner of Starr Collision and Body Shop, said he is very pleased with his partnership with Ulster BOCES.
“James [Shrowang] came to work for us and has been an asset, thanks to the foundation he built in the auto collision technology program,” said Starr.
Although Schrowang has worked on cars most of his life, he said that building on that foundation, finding his niche in the auto repair industry and taking pride in his work have led him to a fulfilling and profitable career.
“I have five or six vehicles, I am 23 years old, and I am about to buy my own house,” Schrowang said proudly. “It’s a good trade to make money.”
Speaking about his preferences in collision repair, he said, “I like doing restoration work the most. I like the feeling when it’s all done and together and painted. It’s a very rewarding feeling when you have accomplished all of that.”