Besides allowing students to learn a trade with up-to-date equipment and professional supervision, students at the Auto Body Center provide another benefit for area residents: To reinforce what the students learn in classes, they perform real repairs, including entirely new paint jobs.
Assistant Instructor Jaron Grayless said that people can save a lot of money by allowing the students repair or paint their vehicles. Three students were in a paint booth Thursday morning, working on just such a project.
Kyle Sprowl, Courtney Stroud and Tyray Bradley were painting a replacement fender for a 2004 Taurus. The owner paid only about $200 for the new fender and paint. Grayless said that repair at a typical body shop would cost $700-$800.
The new Ivy Tech Auto Body Center is on a 2-acre site in an industrial and office park. Ivy Tech notes that this location provides much greater capacity for students and includes considerable room to grow, too.