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Wreck/Rebuild program continues to benefit autobody students

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Autobody students repaired a 2014 Dodge Avenger, part of the wreck/rebuild program funded by the Education Foundation of Alfred, Inc.

From Alfred State College,

ALFRED, NY, January 22, 2024 – Alfred State autobody students continued to gain hands-on, real-world experience through the wreck/rebuild program funded by the Education Foundation of Alfred, Inc.

Students in the autobody repair major, led by CJ Tremper and Brad Smith, enhance their skills sets by fixing wrecking vehicles and gain insight into what it is like to work inside a collision shop. Tremper and Smith teach and work alongside students throughout their time in the program.

Vehicles are secured through funding provided by the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., a private foundation dedicated to improving the Alfred State community through the support of educational programs. The Educational Foundation possesses a New York State automobile dealer’s license that allows the college to purchase wrecked cars from an auto salvage auction, which are then used for hands-on projects. The foundation covers the cost of purchasing these cars and any parts or materials needed to bring them back to pre-accident condition.

“These cars are great learning tools for our students,” commented Tremper. “The repairs that the students perform are like what they will see when they get into the workplace. Challenges like this force our students to step up their skills and reinforces what they have learned during their time in this program.”

Recently the students completed work on 2014 Dodge Avenger. The car was wrecked in the front end and two air bags had been deployed. Students replaced panels, painted the car, and installed new air bags. The radiator and air conditioning were damaged, so students diagnosed and replaced what was needed. To get the car back on the road, the students performed a complete inspection and found that the vehicle needed new brake pads, rotors, and a front-end alignment.

“All of these things brought the big picture together as to why students need to learn all the different systems in a vehicle. Projects like this give the students a real life look at what they might experience in a collision shop after graduation.”

A board of directors made up of representatives from alumni, College Council, faculty and staff, and friends of the college govern the activities pursued by the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. The Foundation supports learning opportunities for students through scholarships, and community service projects.

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