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BRCC and partners cut ribbon on state-of-the-art Automotive Collision Training Center

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Today, officials from Baton Rouge Community College, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, and other distinguished guests and community leaders gathered to cut the ribbon on The Automotive Collision Training Center at the BRCC Ardendale Site. This ceremony will officially begin the second phase of automotive training programming available at BRCC since the ribbon cutting of the McKay Automotive Training Center in March 2017.

“We are so elated to officially open the doors to the latest addition to our Ardendale site. Through the Automotive Collision Training Center, BRCC will be able to further address our mission of meeting and exceeding the workforce needs of our community and state. The programming that will be available will provide individuals interested in careers in automotive repair the opportunity to learn in a state-of-the-art facility while remaining right here in Baton Rouge. Such offerings will also draw students to our great state, and maintain and drive a solid workforce in Louisiana,” said BRCC Chancellor Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib.

“We remain tremendously grateful to everyone who supported this initiative through the last year with the opening of our Automotive Training Center, and today with this beautiful new addition to our automotive training offerings, including Governor John Bel Edwards, the state legislature, the  McKay Family, the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation,” Steib added.

The Automotive Collision Training Center is a 25,910 square foot state-of-the-art facility. It features three bays of 15,673 square foot shop space equipped with Garmat prep and spray paint booths, an automotive lift, a Car-O-Liner, and car straightener. In addition, the facility has welding booths for aluminum, general metal, and plastic welding. There are two classrooms for vehicles to drive-in for in class demonstrations, a computer lab, student commons area, and administrative offices. 

The programs of study to be housed at the Automotive Collision Training Center are designed to prepare students to complete safe and quality repairs and become knowledgeable vehicle repair and maintenance technicians via specialized classroom instruction and practical shop experience. 

“Today is yet another milestone for Baton Rouge Community College and the community it serves,” said Dr. Monty Sullivan, President of Louisiana Community and Technical College System. “The Automotive Collision Training Center represents progress and opportunity for the citizens of Baton Rouge and for the automotive industry moving forward. Chancellor Steib and her team have done a tremendous job seeing this project to completion. The facility is quite impressive, but the training and workforce development occurring inside the facility is what makes it special, because our students will leave prepared to join the workforce and contribute to the economy.”

Individuals interested in learning more about programs of study at the Automotive Collision Training Center can visit www.mybrcc.edu or call (225) 216-8339.

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