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Community College Grads Are Earning More, Spending Less

group of college graduatesMany community college graduates are now earning more than bachelor’s degree holders. CNN Money reports that nearly 30% of Americans with associate degrees are earning more than those who hold bachelor’s degrees.

Associate degrees are more cost-effective, too. Right now, for example, a 72-hour (or two-year) associate degree from one of the seven colleges of DCCCD would cost you $3,744. A four-year degree at surrounding universities could cost you upward of $70,000.

With a two-year associate degree, you can have a great career with a great paycheck:

See all of our classes and degrees, and apply now!

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Auto Body Technology Resources

image of an auto body technician working on a carAuto Body Technology at Eastfield College is our program of the month. If you’re looking for more information about auto body technology, here are some great resources.

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If You Love Cars, You’ll Love Our Auto Body Tech Program

photo of auto repairLove working on cars? There’s room for both the career auto body technician and the serious car enthusiast in our Auto Body Technology program. Auto Body Tech, which is offered by Eastfield College, focuses primarily on teaching you how to repair, rebuild and refinish cars damaged in collisions. But there’s lots of information  for car hobbyists who want to do their own paint work and customization, too.

Automobiles of the future will be even more complex than those being manufactured today. These vehicles will require body repair techniques that only a highly skilled automotive body technician can provide. The Auto Body Technology program can give you those skills.

The program also provides an opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills and to increase general knowledge.

Auto Body Technology Degree and Certificate Options

Eastfield College is the only college of DCCCD to offer the Auto Body Technology program, which includes a two-year associate degree and five certificate specialties:

  • Auto Body Metal Technician
  • Auto Body Painter Certificate
  • Auto Body Shop Management Certificate
  • Auto Body Technology Certificate
  • Auto Body Technology Custom Auto/Street Rod Fabrication Certificate

Street Rod College

In the summer, Eastfield offers a dynamic package of noncredit courses for street rod enthusiasts in its Street Rod College. Contact Frank Millsap at 972-860-7397 for more information.

How to Get Started

If you’re already enrolled as a student in one of the colleges of DCCCD, meet with an academic advisor at your college. He or she can help you determine which courses you should take. Contact an Auto Body program advisor for more information.

Related Programs

Interested in cars and metalworking? Take a look at other Technical/Mechanical programs such as Automotive Technology and Welding Technology.

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If you have questions about the Auto Body Technology program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.

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Student Success Story: Marcus Godinez

photo of Marcus GodinezMarcus Godinez has worked on cars since he was 15 years old. But the Auto Body Technology program at Eastfield College gave Godinez, a collision technician for a local BMW dealership, something he couldn’t learn as a hobbyist: the technical knowledge to get an edge in the workplace.

“While I was a student at another community college, I found out about Eastfield’s Auto Body program and transferred. I really enjoyed my classes at Eastfield — they were just so much fun.

“I already knew a lot about working on cars because I’ve done it for so long, but there was a lot of technical information I was lacking that I got in Eastfield’s program — things like suspension geometry and the different types of car body construction. They were able to fill in a lot of the technical gaps that I needed to close to really excel in my job.”

Godinez earned an associate degree in Auto Body Technology from Eastfield in 1998. At work, he takes automobile bodies apart after collisions, and he helps estimate the damages for insurance companies.

“I recommend Eastfield’s program to anybody in the area who wants to work in auto body for a living. It’s an excellent springboard to other programs, so much more than just a technical school.”

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Like Cars? You’ll Like Auto Body Tech

Our Auto Body Technology program has something for both the career auto body technician and the serious car enthusiast. While the program focuses primarily on teaching you how to repair, rebuild and refinish cars damaged in collisions, there’s a wealth of skills available for hobbyists who want to do their own paint work and customization.

Eastfield College is the only DCCCD college to offer the Auto Body Technology program, which includes a two-year associate degree and four one-year certificate specialties:

In our program, you’ll learn about:

  • Body shop tools, equipment and materials
  • Body alignment
  • Glass replacement
  • Expert paint jobs
  • Removing dents from fenders and body panels
  • Welding torn metal
  • Bookkeeping for an auto body shop
  • Estimating damages
  • Filling out and completing repair orders

As new techniques come into use, businesses will need highly skilled technicians to do collision repair and refinishing. Such skilled technicians are employed in automobile repair shops, by trucking companies and bus lines, and by federal, state and local governments. For hobbyists, knowing the techniques of auto body repair can save you lots of money and make fixing up cars even more fun.

According to America’s Career Infonet, automotive body repairers average $16.92 per hour and glaziers (glass repairers) average $16.64 an hour. Insurance adjusters and examiners can make an average of $24.36 per hour.

Our Auto Body Technology instructors have the education and real-world experience to teach the skills you need on the job and in your garage. Our faculty members work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed. See profiles of our Auto Body Technology faculty.

A related program, Automotive Technology, is offered at Brookhaven, Cedar Valley and Eastfield colleges. Visit the Automotive Technology Web page, http://www.dcccd.edu/autotech, for more information.

To get started in the Auto Body Technology program, complete the admissions process at Eastfield College.

When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the Auto Body Technology program so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take. Contact an Auto Body program advisor for more information.

So whether you love working on cars and wish you could find a career that fits your passion or you like fixing up cars as a hobby, Auto Body Technology can give you the knowledge you need to succeed.

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Student Success Story: Marcus Godinez

photo of Marcus GodinezMarcus Godinez has worked on cars since he was 15 years old. But the Auto Body Technology program at Eastfield College gave Godinez, a collision technician for Classic BMW, something he couldn’t learn as a hobbyist: the technical knowledge to get an edge in the workplace.

“While I was a student at another community college, I found out about Eastfield’s Auto Body program and transferred. I really enjoyed my classes at Eastfield — they were just so much fun.

“I already knew a lot about working on cars because I’ve done it for so long, but there was a lot of technical information I was lacking that I got in Eastfield’s program — things like suspension geometry and the different types of car body construction. They were able to fill in a lot of the technical gaps that I needed to close to really excel in my job.”

Godinez earned an associate degree in Auto Body Technology from Eastfield in 1998. At Classic BMW, he takes automobile bodies apart after collisions, and he helps estimate the damages for insurance companies. He’s also an adjunct instructor in the Auto Body Technology program.

“I recommend Eastfield’s program to anybody in the area who wants to work in auto body for a living. It’s an excellent springboard to other programs, so much more than just a technical school.”

Earning an associate degree has meant a lot on the job. “In my career field, there aren’t many guys who have an associate degree in Auto Body like I do. It most definitely gives me an edge.”

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Get the Scoop About Hot Occupations

Learn about hot career fieldsEven with the economy in a downturn, certain career fields not only have job openings but are experiencing very strong growth. In fact, according to ABC News, the difficult economic situation itself has in some cases directly created a need for skilled workers in certain occupations — such as bankruptcy specialists.

With more than 100 occupational programs and academic subjects, plus a wide range of continuing education classes, DCCCD is a great place to get training for a new job, enhance your current skills for a promotion and begin the educational journey toward a successful career.

By doing a little reading and research, you can identify occupations that are and will be in demand, find one that’s right for you and prepare for it with a DCCCD education. According to government statistics and industry experts, some of the strongest career fields right now include:

  • Accountants, financial advisors and other business experts – These days, everyone wants to know how to get the most out of their money, and businesses need employees who can manage limited financial resources skillfully.
  • Auto mechanics and repair technicians – When the economy’s down, more people choose to get their cars repaired than to buy new ones — which means they need skilled, knowledgeable mechanics and technicians.
  • Construction workers – While demand for new houses will probably slow down, President Obama’s economic relief efforts may result in new jobs in the construction arena.
  • Creative types – Multimedia artists, graphic designers and other creative occupations will be in high demand, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Education professionals – Demand remains high in the education field for a wide range of jobs, especially preschool teachers.
  • Health care workers – Nurses, X-ray technologists, paramedics, nurse’s aides and other health care professionals are always in need.
  • Information technology professionals – Love computers? Then you’re in luck. Software engineers, database administrators and other IT professionals will be in high demand over the next decade.
  • Law enforcement specialists – An unfortunate side effect of the economic climate is that crime rates are rising, which means there’s a need for trained law enforcement workers.
  • Office workers – Expect strong demand for skilled secretaries and administrative assistants in the next few years.

Do a Little Research

Want to know more about the labor market and which occupational fields are growing? Check out these links to get started:

  • Job Opportunities in 2009 (video) – ABC News’ Tory Johnson forecasts the job market for the new year.
  • Top Jobs in 10 Industries – CNN.com and Career Builder identify some fields worth investigating and the top jobs in each.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook – This publication of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information about hundreds of different jobs, including the training and education needed for each, what you can expect to earn and potential job prospects.
  • Tomorrow’s Jobs – This section of the Occupational Outlook Handbook provides an overview of the labor market that can help guide your career plans.
  • Resources for Jobseekers – View information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on occupations, benefits and other work-related topics, or find a job using the highlighted job banks.
  • Lifetime Earnings Soar With Education – About.com: US Government Info looks at the difference education can make in your earning potential.

And don’t forget that as a DCCCD student, you can take advantage of the many services offered by our Career Centers, including individual career counseling, computerized career guidance programs, resume assistance and much more.

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