Finding a job after graduation is a concern for students; but, graduating students from Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) ColllisionU in Fayetteville, NC, have the opposite problem.
Employers come looking for them.
Twice each year, in March and October, the school holds “Draft Days” and invites executives from over 25 companies to visit the school for a two-day event. At the event, executives watch students perform various collision repairs and refinishing operations, interact with them and interview them. Upon the completion of the interview, company representatives may offer students a job right on the spot, or at a later date. Industry giants visiting the school include: Service King Collision Centers, Caliber Collision, Sonic Automotive, various insurance carriers and others.
Since 2014, FTCC CollisionU has been training students on the finer points of collision repair. The Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology associate degree program is structured to provide students with not only technical training in collision repair and refinishing, but also industry-recognized, specialized certifications including nine professional certifications from the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) and PPG Certified refinishers. The degree program is also recognized as a Honda PACT Program provider.
Students can achieve the following I-CAR individual levels:
- Aluminum Structural Technician Platinum Pro Level 1;
- Auto Physical Damage Appraiser Platinum Pro Level 1;
- Estimator Platinum Pro Level 1;
- Non-Structural Technician Platinum Pro Levels 1, 2, 3;
- Refinish Technician Platinum Pro Levels 1, 2, 3;
- Steel Structural Technician Pro Levels 1, 2;
- Welding Training & Certification™: Steel GMA (MIG) Welding (WCS03); and or
- Welding Training & Certification™: Aluminum GMA (MIG) Welding (WCA03).
With support from PPG, students can achieve PPG Envirobase® High-Performance Coatings Certification.
The Honda PACT Collision program is designed to meet the growing needs of Honda ProFirst (Honda/Acura Certified) collision repair shops by recruiting, educating and training students to become qualified collision repair technicians for Honda and Acura vehicles. The Honda PACT program partners with various technical and community colleges around the country to deliver this training.
Since the FTCC CollisionU program was started in 2014, 80 students have graduated with associate degrees and 37 have gained employment within the industry through the “Draft Days” program.