VALDOSTA— The Auto Collision repair field is in dire need of quality skilled workers and motivated apprentices. Local Valdosta State Farm Agents are helping Wiregrass Tech fill this need by donating equipment used in hands on training. The agents recently donated a 2016 Toyota 4 Runner to the college’s Auto Collison Repair and Automotive Technology Programs. The agents collectively wanted to provide opportunities to advance and assist with instruction and give students real life scenarios in the classroom lab. Even though the vehicle was totaled the engine is in working condition and will also allow the two automotive programs to utilize it in their lab area for practical training experiences.
We plan to use the donated vehicle in several different scenarios. It will be valuable to us in teaching how to remove, disassemble, rebuild, install and align, as well as major repair procedures such as sectioning.Roy Bramley, Wiregrass Auto Collision and Sheet Metal Fabrication Instructor
“The average age of the current work force is 54 years old, and we are losing workers faster than they can be replaced,” added Bramley. “Every shop in our area is looking for skilled collision repair specialist and paint preppers.” The Auto Collision Repair and Automotive Technology programs both qualify for the HOPE Career Grant. If a student qualifies for this grant, they could possibly have all of their college tuition, fees and books paid for leaving them with little or no college debt. Both programs are accepting new students for Spring Semester; classes start January 8, 2020. Students can apply during the college’s Free Application Week, November 4-8.
State Farm and its local agents recognize the vital role Wiregrass plays in educating its students within our communities. We appreciate that, and are always proud to help and give back to the school.Bubba Highsmith, State Farm Agent
Learn more about all of Wiregrass’ programs visit wiregrass.edu. If your business would like to learn how you could make a donation to any Wiregrass program, please contact Crissy Staley, Executive Director of Fundraising, at 229-333-2124 or by email at Crissy.firstname.lastname@example.org.