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Skilled to Work: Automotive technology at ICC

The automotive technology program at Itawamba Community College is helping drive technicians into their futures.

Posted: Aug 12, 2019 5:24 PM
Updated: Aug 12, 2019 7:25 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The automotive technology program at Itawamba Community College is helping drive technicians into their futures.

This two-year program teaches students safety, electrical systems, steering and suspension systems, heating and cooling, and much more.

“Upon completion of the program, students receive an Associate's of Applied Science degree, along with 18 industry-recognized credentials,” Brad Crowder said.

Crowder is the program's director and is also an instructor.

He graduated from the program in the 1990s and said there are still misconceptions about the industry.

“People think that it’s a dirty job and it doesn’t require an education, but it does, and you can make lots of money in this industry and be your own boss,” he said.

Travona Middlebrooks is a student who enrolled in the program this semester. She dreams of having her own automotive shop.

“If you want a job in the automotive industry, you can get one," Crowder said.

For more information about the program, contact Brad Crowder.

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