Owens Community College, General Motors and the Toledo Automobile Dealers Association have formed a special partnership to help meet the critical need for well-trained, highly-qualified auto collision repair technicians.
"We are very pleased that GM and the local auto dealers recognize the quality of an Owens Community College graduate and have chosen us to provide them with their technicians," said Roy Marks, Chairman of Automotive Technologies.
The Auto Collision Repair Technician Program will prepare students through a one-year certificate program in which students will attend classes at the College halftime and participate in a paid co-op halftime at one of the many Toledo-area auto dealerships.
Through classroom and laboratory experience at Owens Community College and hands-on work experience at local dealerships, students will keep pace with rapid advancements in the industry, Marks explained.
Clay Hepler, Executive Vice President of the Toledo Auto Dealers Association, said many new car dealership owners have approached him with their concerns about a shortage of trained collision repair technicians.
"This is a profession that can be very rewarding with good income potential and permanent employment," Hepler said. "With proper training now available at Owens Community College, students can plan to have an outstanding career in collision repair."
Dave White Jr., President of Dave White Chevrolet agreed, "There's a tremendous demand in this field right now and we're glad to work together with Owens Community College to attract the students toward good jobs and fill these positions at our dealerships."
Marks estimated that there currently is a nationwide shortage of 60,000 auto collision repair technicians.
"Owens Community College is proud to fill that demand with well-trained technicians and offer students the training they need to reach their career goals and find rewarding jobs," Marks said.
Beginning fall semester 1997, the Owens students enrolled in the Auto Collision Repair Technician Program will receive expert instruction in the use of the most modern diagnostic tools and state-of-the-art equipment. Classes will cover areas such as panel and hardware replacement, sheet metal and plastic panel repairs, vehicle electricity and electronics, collision repair estimating and wheel alignment and suspension.
After completing the certificate program, students also have the option of applying their credits toward an Associate of Technical Studies Degree at the College, he said.
For more information, or to register for the new program, contact Marks at (567) 661-7297 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7297.