by jamesc 3/1/2013 3:59:40 PM --
NORFOLK – Some Northeast Community College students have had the opportunity to apply the skills they have learned in the classroom.
Sophomore students in the Northeast auto body technology program were invited to take part in the judging of the entries at this past weekend’s Cabin Fever Car Show. The annual event, sponsored by Norfolk Rod and Custom, was held Saturday at Northeast Community College’s Chuck M. Pohlman Agriculture Complex, east of the college’s main campus.
Norfolk Rod and Custom President Carlin Synovec said he was happy with the student’s performance. “They did a real nice job,” he said. The students judged car, truck and motorsports’ entries.
Northeast Auto Body Technology Instructor Dave Beaudette said he is pleased for his students. “This was a fantastic learning experience for the students. To be exposed to the show culture and see some truly great craftsmanship this early in their careers was a wonderful opportunity for them,” Beaudette said. “Hopefully, this may start some of them down the path toward their own show worthy rides!”
Students taking part included: Garrett Hingst, Allen; Tyler Micanek, Lynch; Ryan Kotrous, Niobrara, Adam Brodecky, North Bend; Thayer Boschen, Norfolk, Nathan Jedlicka, Schuyler; and Seth Porkorny, Yankton, SD.
Students in Northeast’s auto body technology program learn the basics of metal finishing, frame alignment, panel replacement, major body damage, and unibody technologies for today’s vehicles by using the very latest equipment and training materials. Students will develop skills in welding, metal working, refinishing, straightening and panel alignment, glass, hardware, trim installation, estimating, and shop management skills.
Upon graduation, students will be prepared for jobs in independent body shops or new and used car dealerships. With additional education, they will also find career opportunities in insurance adjusting and teaching.
The Cabin Fever Car Show attracted 500 to 700 people this year, according to Synovec. Approximately 70 vehicles were registered for the event.
Northeast Community College’s Diversified Ag Club also took part in the car show by serving food.