This program offers an Associate in Applied Science degree and several specialized certificate options: collision repair, damage analysis, refinishing and structural repair. The program will prepare you for positions at car and truck dealerships, auto body repair shops and other employers.
Career options are wide-ranging—with experience, you may supervise others in a shop or garage—or you may open up your own business.
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Whether you earn a degree or a certificate, you will learn to use paints, high-tech spray guns and other tools along with how to tap into your own creativity.
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree
Automotive Collision Repair Associate in Applied Science
Why Choose CLC?
Our courses incorporate the training curriculum from I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair and combine solid theory and real-world problem solving. The program is Gold Class Certified by I-CAR, and it is Master Certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation Inc. (NATEF).
Students value the program’s hands-on approach:
"The teachers have a lot of hands-on experience, and the hands-on practice makes you learn. The book work is important, but until you do it, you won't know how auto body repair is done." Elvin Escobar, 2010 graduate
"My passion is working with cars. I started this program as a hobby, but now I want to do it as a career. CLC's program has helped me to understand pretty much everything about automotive collision repair." J. Carlos Flores
About the Automotive Collision Repair Program at CLC.
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See also: Automotive Collision Repair program offered by the Lake County High Schools Technology Campus and CLC.
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