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Skilled to Work: Automotive technicians in high demand

Lane Community College's Automotive Technology program is producing top job applicants for an industry in need of skilled employees.

Posted: Nov 6, 2018 10:06 AM
Updated: Nov 7, 2018 9:56 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Two years of education and roughly $20,000 -- that's the investment for automotive technology students at Lane Community College.

After graduation, they stand to make double what they paid for their degree. 

"I kind of fell into cars," said LCC auto technician student Hannah Ward, who said she grew fascinated with automotive mechanics through watching tv shows about cars. "This is actually my niche."

This spring, Ward will receive her automotive technology degree from Lane Community College. It's a two year associate's program producing top job applicants.

"If you're a problem solver and you like new technology all the time, this is the place to be," LCC Automotive Technology Instructional Specialist Jake Williamson said.

"Don't let anybody else tell you that you can't do it," Ward said, who said she's a first generation graduate in her family. "It's kind of nice to prove them wrong." 

If you'd like to learn more about LCC's Automotive Technology program, click here.

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