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Monday, 16 March 2020 19:22

31-Year-Old Compares Body Shop Work to Tech College Courses

Written by Victoria Antonelli

David Cesar, 31, who has been working on cars his whole life, recently enrolled in a collision repair program so he could “learn how to fix everything on a vehicle.”

Friday, 13 March 2020 18:49

23-Year-Old Makes Dream A Reality, Opens Shop in NM After College

Written by Victoria Antonelli

William Sanders, 23, said he loved cars from a very young age and repaired vehicles as a hobby before enrolling at San Juan College in Farmington, NM. In 2017, he graduated from the technical school’s Associate Paint and Autobody program.

Friday, 13 March 2020 18:17

Two-Time Skills USA Competitor Follows in Great-Grandfather’s Footsteps

Written by Victoria Antonelli

Chandler Allison, 19, grew up in Pollard, AR, surrounded by people who worked with their hands and prided themselves on being self-sufficient. His great-grandfather owned a body shop while the rest of his mother’s family raised farm animals and his father’s family grew crops.

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 22:17

Techs of Tomorrow: 16-Year-Old Texas Student Views Collision Repair as Art Form

Written by Victoria Antonelli

Ivan Reyes took his first collision repair class in 2018 during his freshman year at Kingwood Park High School in Kingwood, TX. Reyes said he wanted a different perspective on the automotive industry and believed that instructor Jeff Wilson’s course would offer that. 

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 13:48

Techs of Tomorrow: Cheerleader, Gymnastics Coach, Collision Repair Student All in One

Written by Victoria Antonelli

Eighteen-year-old Michelle Perschall discovered her love for automobiles at the age of four when her grandparents bought her a bright yellow racing Corvette Power Wheels.

Twenty-year-old Dylan Ahmdt took home gold at the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (SkillsUSA) in Louisville, KY, which took place from June 19-23.

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Justin Maldonado learns something new every day at Texas State Technical College.

 

Justin Maldonado started taking courses at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen, TX 10 months ago. Before his “love and passion for vehicles” led him to pursue a career in collision repair, he spent his winter holiday and summer breaks painting gym floors across the state.

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Waubonsee Community College auto body student, Melanie Thomas, has placed first three times in regional SkillsUSA competitions.

 

Melanie Thomas decided her senior year that she was going to take every automotive course offered at Marengo High School in Illinois.

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. 

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Nancy McInerney repairs a vehicle during one of her courses at TCAT Crossville.

 

As Nancy McInerney approached her fourth and final year in a student teaching program, she realized her passion lay elsewhere.