Draft days allowed national automotive, collision, and insurance industries, along with the Fayetteville New Car Dealers’ Association to come to the center and observe the students at work, interact with them, and interview them for jobs upon graduation. The students performed cosmetic repairs on plastic, steel and aluminum, set up and measured on both the Car-O-Liner Evo 3, welding, base coat/clear coat refinish and blend, and estimating on CCC1.
Hundreds of industry executives from over 30 companies, including PPG, Gerber, Caliber, Service King, ABRA, Faulkner Automotive, Mile One Automotive, Cochran Automotive, Sonic Automotive, Hendrick Automotive, Geico, Allstate, CarStar, and Classic Collision, attended the event.
In addition to interviewing prospective 2016 graduates for new positions, employers were also able to interview first-year students for upcoming summer internships.
The Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology associate degree program exists as a result of the efforts of FTCC President Dr. Larry Keen, who spearheaded the project by establishing and leading a collaborative team comprised of leaders from industry, education, businesses and government.
With input through this collaboration, Dr. Keen structured the academic program to provide students with not only technical training in collision repair and refinishing but also industry-recognized, specialized certifications including nine professional certifications from I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair), four professional certifications from ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence), five manufacturer certifications, and an insurance adjuster license.