State of the Art Collision Repair Community College to Open in NC

From Autobody News

On Wednesday, Feb. 4, top executives from the collision repair, tool and equipment manufacturing and auto insurance industries will gather to celebrate the opening of  Fayetteville Technical Community College in North Carolina. This community college strives to bring collision repair in line with manufacturing that increasingly relies on aluminum, high-strength steel, composites, carbon fiber and advanced computer engineering.

Over the next several years, up to 180,000 collision repair jobs will be available nationwide. The two year curriculum gears graduates with technical training in non-structural cosmetic repairs, aluminum and steel welding, state-of-the-art refinish procedures, and a new focus on body shop and insurance operations.

While tuition is only $5,500, every graduate leaves the program with $10,000 worth of training and certification, plus guaranteed employment. Wages for job ready graduates typically start at $40,000 and with several years’ experience can quickly grow to a six-figure salary.

FTCC is also an educational partner with Fort Bragg and its 60,000 base personnel. This program is providing an important avenue for troops transitioning from active duty to civilian careers. Sixty percent of currently enrolled students are veterans or members of the National Guard.

New semesters begin and end every eight weeks, offering a flexible course schedule that is ideal for nontraditional students.

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