Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

RCC Students Gain Real Life Experience at NC Body Shop

Thanks to a new agreement between RCC and Petty’s Garage in Asheboro, Richard Petty’s high performance speed shop in Level Cross, five Randolph Community College students were able to participate in a unique job-shadowing experience. Petty's Garage technicians spent a week training three Automotive Systems Technology students and two Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology students. RCC has been affiliated with the Richard Petty brand since its state-of-the-art automotive training center, named the Richard Petty Education Center, opened in 2009.

According to the RCC instructors, Jacob Garner of Robbins, Jacob Brown of Ramseur, Jake Flinchum of Seagrove, Justin Lackey of Trinity, and Israel Velazquez of Asheboro were selected based on interest, availability, and grade point average.

Greg Steadman, shop foreman at Petty’s Garage, said the students work on whatever current jobs are in the shop at the time of the internship.

The Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology curriculum at RCC prepares individuals to become qualified technicians who possess the diverse skills required to perform quality repairs and proper refinishing techniques on automobile bodies and to diagnose and repair mechanical and electrical systems.

For more information on RCC’s automotive programs, go to www.randolph.edu. Learn more about Petty’s Garage at www.pettys-garage.com.

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