The new building includes a large lab area with two spray booths, a mixing room, a three bay prep deck, four frame racks, and a high-tech dust collection system. Additionally there are separate classrooms, tool and equipment rooms, and a conference room. Wherever possible, CCSN attempted to purchase equipment that matches the majority of equipment in the local industry, so that students have a chance to become familiar with what is in use in the shops.
For example, frame equipment includes Car-O-liner, Chassis liner, and Chief. An effort is being made to bring other brands in as “demo” units to benefit the students as well. Of particular interest to the local employers will be the quality of the education received by CCSN students. Courses include the I-CAR curriculum, and the students will receive several I-CAR credits for each class they take.
CCSN has taken the additional steps necessary to become certified to teach the I-CAR welding courses in both steel and aluminum, as well as to give the certification exams. Many of the Miller 350P welders required for the aluminum certification have been purchased, along with the equipment appropriate for steel certification.
As an internship-style program, students complete training at the college, along with simultaneous employment in a qualified collision facility.
How can the industry help this program get off to a good start? First, help find students to fill the program, and encourage them to enroll. Second, agree to hire an intern. Third, send existing employees to any of the welding certification courses, as well as evening classes. The results will be additional qualified entry-level technicians available for area shops.
CCSN is looking forward to working with the NCIA to bring more qualified personnel into the collision repair industry. Employers who would be interested in having one or more interns should contact Paul Pate, 651-4187, for specific details.