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Thursday, 20 January 2011 17:51

Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association Helps Technical School Place Interns

The Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association had Caddo Career and Technology Center speak at their January meeting about their job shadowing program.

Caddo looks to place interns in their auto collision and automotive technology programs into positions in the field while in their junior and senior years at the school. The job shadowing program allows students to be an apprentice for a day at a local participating business and hopes to place students with those businesses for a more long-term study.

Buddy Anderson with the Caddo Career & Technology Center was at the NWLCRA meeting and said Caddo received great support from the local Collision Center's for the job shadowing program. Caddo would like to speak at NWLCRA meetings at least 3 more times before the end of the year to promote more Shops to get involved. The purpose is to have a student from the Caddo Career & Technology Center go to the participating Shop (Collision, Automotive, Glass, etc.) and "shadow" someone by being an apprentice for a day.

Buddy Anderson is Caddo's newest auto collision instructor.

"As of January 6, 2011, the auto body department has sent out 25 students, out of the 64 enrolled, to participate in job shadowing. Some of the shadowing is accomplished during the students’ regular school day; however, the students may and do shadow on their own time when school is not in session. Currently, we have roughly fourteen businesses who are supporting this year's auto body shadowing program," said Anderson.

Caddo has two auto body collision instructors: Buddy Anderson and George Jackson. Their automotive technology instructors are: Tom Evans, Mike Falkner and Gary Weese. The two departments work very closely together to promote job shadowing, and it is only through their many years of positive contact with businesses and dealerships that Caddo attributes the job shadowing program a success.

If your Shop is interested in helping, call (318) 636-2405 or Gary Weese at (318) 834-6633.

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