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Tristen said she thought collision repair work could be an interesting field, but she had no knowledge of that kind of work. “I knew absolutely nothing when I began,” she said. With the help of instructor Steven Block she learned to use tools and install parts. All of Northark’s instructors provide one-on-one attention to students.
Tristen’s dilapidated Ford Mustang became the class project. Block worked with Tristen and the other students to take out dents, install new headlights and taillights and paint the car. “I spent 20 hours or more a week with the students. I not only know them, I know their spouses names and their kids’ names. I know their situations,” Block said.
Tristen’s close work with Block on the project led to a scholarship from the Women’s Industry Network to get her bachelor’s degree at the University of Arkansas. Tristen said she plans on working in body shops or in the insurance industry as an adjuster.
Learn more about our collision repair program.
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Thursday, July 21
A grant totaling nearly $1 million from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education will help Northark boost the manufacturing and healthcare workforce by reducing the regional skills employment gap.
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