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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 18:26

Techs of Tomorrow: GA Native Discovers Collision Repair Interest After Accident

Written by Victoria Antonelli

Casey Skelton Athens Collision Student

Casey Skelton enrolled in the Automotive Collision Repair Program at Athens Technical College in January 2017.

Hitting a deer with only liability coverage would be a disaster for most people, but Casey Skelton was able to find a silver lining. 

 After he and his father took it upon themselves to fix his car (with the help of a local auto body shop for the paint job), he decided he wanted to pursue collision repair as a career.

Skelton enrolled in Athens Technical College in January 2017 because of its close proximity to his home. He added that he comes from a family who share his passion for repairing vehicles, and that getting in the accident helped him realize the importance of the industry.


"Every time I come to class, I wonder, what will we learn today?" Skelton said.


So far, he said his most enjoyable classes have been Auto Collision Repair and Automobile Component Repair and Replacement.


"I really like learning about all the different tools," Skelton said. "Once I learn about a tool, I instantly think of a time when I could have used it while repairing my car."


He added that the eraser disc is his favorite one so far.


Skelton advised students who are looking to pursue a career into collision repair: "If you want to do it, go for it. Do not let your whole life go by wondering, 'what if?'"


"This is a vast industry, so you will find something you like," he added.


The Athens native is working toward receiving his diploma in the Automotive Collision Repair Program, which utilizes the I-CAR curriculum. He said once he graduates in 2019, he hopes to work as a painter in a dealership.


"We expect great things from Casey and are looking forward to helping him achieve his goal," said Antoine D. Boynton, Director of Public Relations at Athens Technical College.


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