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Career Studies Center takes first place

August 11, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION

Several years ago, teachers at the Career Studies Center began meeting with local car industry officials to determine what the school needed to do to be on the cutting edge of automotive repair instruction.

Using standards from a national automotive institute, the Oak Ridge Drive school invested in computerized paint-mixing ma-chines, paint guns and frame machines.

The work paid off in June when the school received a first-place state award for excellence in collision repair training.

"It's truly confirmation that the program is doing what it's supposed to do," said Career Studies Center Principal Arnold Hammann.

The award is given under the auspices of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, which sets the standards for the car repair industry, according to Hammann.

Competing for the award involved documenting the changes that have been made at the school, Hammann said.

The school will compete for a national title at the American Vocational Association Convention in New Orleans in December, Hammann said.

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Enrollment has increased at the Career Studies Center since 1996, after school officials revamped a number of classes in computer education, automobile mechanics and other subjects.

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