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Alicia Grauberger will be attending Northeastern Junior College in the fall and work toward earning a business degree.

 

A few years ago, Alicia Grauberger spent the summer working at her father’s body shop in Colorado, Tim’s Paint and Body.

She said it was such a rewarding experience that she decided to get involved in the collision repair industry. “I instantly fell in love with making vehicles look as beautiful as they once did either before a wreck or after years of wear and tear,” said Alicia.

In December 2015, the high school senior began working at Concept Auto Body in Fort Morgan, Colorado. While there, she trained for the SkillsUSA competition, held in Louisville, Kentucky, in June 2016.

This was the second year Alicia took part in the event. Last year, she placed first in the regional competition and earned a second-place award during the state contest. This year, she came in first at both the regional and state levels. SkillsUSA consists of metal repair, plastic repair, estimating, a written test, structural analysis, parts identification, and welding.

“When I placed fourth in the nation, I was extremely disappointed in myself,” said Alicia. “I know looking back at the contest there were things I could have done better, but I will use the experience to work harder for my next chance.”

“I thought it was awesome that she came in fourth,” said Tom Reagan, the owner of Concept Auto Body. “Alicia is really an exception to any student I have ever worked with before. You don’t see a lot of women in this field but she was just really great to work with.”


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