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ACR- senior Steven Stokes of Salem High School.

The ongoing pandemic has impacted the way schools in the county proceed with their normal daily activities. This means that it is uncertain when schools will be able to welcome visitors back into their buildings. We have partnered with The Columbiana County Career and Technical Center to showcase the career and technical programs that they offer so that incoming juniors can make an informed decision in the circumstance that the school is unable to host upcoming visitations in person. Programs will be spotlighted each month of the school year. Students who are interested in enrolling in a program for the 2021-22 school year are invited to do so by visiting the CCCTC’s webpage ( and completing the enrollment application which is now available. Any questions about the programs or the requirements for enrollment should be directed to Sue Allison, guidance administrator, at (330) 424-9561 ext. 118 or [email protected].

The CCCTC programs being featured in January are our automotive based programs: Automotive Collision Repair (ACR) and Automotive Technology (AT). While both programs teach students to repair automobiles, they are very different in their focus. Students in ACR will get to learn the skills they need to repair and paint the bodies of damaged vehicles while those in AT learn how to fix what is under the hood of the car. Students from these programs have a choice of whether to head straight into the workforce in their chosen field or to further their education in post-secondary options.

Automotive Collision Repair (ACR)

Benefits of Being a Student in the Program

For students who choose to enroll in the ACR program, they are giving themselves an opportunity to learning a rewarding trade that provides many opportunities. Students have the chance to earn ASE credentials which opens up worlds of opportunities in many employment paths while still in high school. Students who would like to work in a repair shop will have the skill set and credentials needed, but for students who may want to follow a different path, a background in automotive collision repair could open doors to jobs in sales or positions as insurance adjustors, just to name a few. In addition to the specific work skills needed, students will also learn the importance of soft skills when entering the next chapter of their life. The benefits of teamwork and knowing how to be the well-rounded employee that employers desire are other benefits of being enrolled in the automotive collision repair program. They learn to know exactly what employers are looking for in an employee.

AT- senior Jarrid Stark of Leetonia High School

Credentials and Articulation Agreements for the Program

Students enrolled in the ACR program can earn credentials in ASE Nonstructural inspection and repair, ASE structural inspection and repair, ASE painting and refinishing, and ASE electrical and mechanical repair Along with earning the ACR credentials, the articulation agreements that the CCCTC has with several colleges and universities gives students the opportunity to earn post-secondary credit while completing their coursework in the automotive collision repair program. There are three post-secondary options where students can get a head start on their post-secondary education. For students who complete the entire program of study and earn a B or better, they have the opportunity to qualify for up to 12 hours of credit at Stark Stake College by testing out of courses. There are similar articulation agreements with the University of Northwestern Ohio and Universal Technical Institute.

Student Spotlight

Cameron Poynter, a senior from Crestview High School, is an exemplary student in the ACR program. He is a hard worker and strives to do the very best job at all times. He is always willing to ask questions and take direction from his instructor and mentors. One of the greatest qualities that Cameron displays is that he is always willing to help the other students when they need it. Cameron is very respectful of others and has good manners. Cameron enjoys taking on challenges to improve himself as he has done with his senior project which includes replacing bolt-on panels, welding on the repaired panels, replacing structural panels, and finishing with a complete paint job on his Chevy Cavalier. The quality that sets Cameron apart and ensures he will excel in the trade is that when he is not at school, he is working in the shop on some type of vehicle to always help him hone his skills.

Instructor Spotlight

Automotive Technology Instructor Jim Beardsley

Mr. Rick DeSalvo is the automotive collision repair instructor at the CCCTC. His passion for vehicles started when he was 5 years old just by watching the “gearheads” in his Boardman neighborhood. He never lost that passion although he took some other jobs along the way from delivering papers to working at a golf course. During his teen years, he worked at a service station and at Arrowhead Lake where he learned to use a spray gun. From there he started working different jobs including one that required him to recondition and refinish metal furniture. When he got his driver’s license is when he finally got his first job in a body shop. He credits the technicians there for teaching him so much. From that point on, Mr. DeSalvo worked in many different businesses who benefited from his specific skillset. He even completed the body and paint work on several vehicles that got national recognition, received many awards, and were featured in several magazines. He realizes that just knowing how to use a paint gun well and being dedicated in everything he did opened up many doors for him. He credits his background for being the reason he can offer diverse job prospects to students because being a part of the ACR field allows students to do so many different things from working on the bodies of cars to painting furniture to industrial painting. He took the opportunities he was given and made a career from them. Mr. DeSalvo completed his career-technical workforce development license from Kent State University when he began his teaching career and the CCCTC.

CCCTC’s Automotive Collision Repair Program Benefits Local Businesses

The automotive collision repair program is getting students reading for the workforce by listening to what employers and members of the advisory committee are telling the school they want from students. The students are being prepared for the workforce because their instructor has taken those words to heart and that is what he teaching his students. Students will have a strong understanding of what is expected of them at an entry level position in the field. This means that local businesses can feel confident in the students that successfully complete the program. The instructor also heaps praise on local businesses. He knows that the program is fortunate to have so many great shops in the area and great technicians that will be wonderful mentors for the students. Since the students are learning from mentors in the community businesses, they will be ready to take on positions upon graduation which will only strengthen the local workforce in the field of automotive collision repair.

Automotive Technology (Auto Tech)

Benefits of Being a Student in the Program

Automotive Collision Repair Instructor Rick DeSalvo

Students in the automotive technology program learn basic automotive repair and troubleshooting skills. Some of the skills in which they become proficient include front end alignments, scan tool diagnostics, engine repair, brakes and suspensions, and Mig welding. On top of the industry specific skills, students also learn soft skills such an interviewing, phone etiquette, dealing with customers, and resume writing. Some of the most important skills that the students learn are to work as a team and build professional relationships that last a lifetime.

Credentials and Articulation Agreements for the Program

Students in Automotive Technology have the opportunity to earn several credentials. Students can earn their ASE Entry Level Certification, OSHA 10-hour certificate, and their S/P2 Safety and Pollution Prevention Certificates. Along with earning certificates, the articulation agreements that the CCCTC has with several colleges and universities gives students the opportunity to earn post-secondary credit while completing their coursework in the automotive technology program. There are three post-secondary options where students can get a head start on their post-secondary education. Stark State College in Canton, OH offers 4 credit hours toward the course Automotive System and Engine Technology. Students who complete the entire program of study and earn a B or better qualify for credit for that class. In addition, students have the potential to earn up to 12 hours of credit by testing out of other courses. There are similar articulation agreements with the University of Northwestern Ohio and Universal Technical Institute.

Student Spotlight

An exemplary student from the Automotive Technology program is senior Hayden Stewart. Hayden is a student from Heartland Christian School. He is already using the skills he learned at the CCCTC in his job working for Ed Wilson Trucking in New Springfield, OH. Hayden is already ASE Entry Level Certified in Maintenance and Light Repair, Electrical and Electronic Systems, Brakes, Engine Performance, and Engine Repair. A well-rounded young man, Hayden plays soccer, baseball, and golf for Heartland Christian. Instructor Jim Beardsley chose to highlight Hayden because he always displays a high degree of integrity, responsibility, and ambition. He is definitely a leader rather than a follower. In addition to his excellent scholastic accomplishments, he has proven his leadership ability by his honesty and passion for his work. He is also a most dependable team player always willing to help his fellow students. Hayden has excellent mechanical and troubleshooting abilities. He can work independently with little supervision and complete error free tasks in a timely manner. Hayden is pushing himself above and beyond most students by applying for Ohio Cat’s Think Big Scholarship Program.

Exemplary AT student, Hayden Stewart displays many of the credentials he has already earned while enrolled in the program.

Instructor Spotlight

Mr. Jim Beardsley is the instructor for the Automotive Technology Program. Mr. Beardsley has an extensive education in the field as well as a strong working background. A graduate of South Range High School and the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, he was presented an Award of Distinction in Automotive Technology. He went on to receive an Associate Degree from University of Northwestern Ohio where he also earned a perfect attendance award and an academic award for maintaining a 3.94 GPA. His most recent education was earning his career-technical workforce development license from Kent State University. He has held positions as a Class “A” mechanic at several businesses, a journeyman mechanic for UPS, and a fleet manager/mechanic for Joe Dickey Electric. While working at these businesses, he often held the position of foreman. He left actively working in the field to take the automotive technology instructor position at the CCCTC in 2008. Mr. Beardsley is an ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician and an ASE Certified Master Medium-Heavy Duty Truck Technician as well as holds a certificate in OSHA 10.

CCCTC’s Automotive Technology Program Benefits Local Businesses

Students in the CCCTC’s automotive technology program provide a great benefit to many businesses in Columbiana County. Students may go into many different types of employment from dealerships to privately owned shops to other positions they may have never even though of such as maintaining fleets for businesses with delivery or work vehicles. There are so many options in the field. Regardless of what path students choose to follow upon graduating, the community benefits from being able to immediately employ CCCTC students who not only learn technical skills but learn employability skills so they will succeed in any profession they choose.

Any student who is interested in enrolling in the Automotive Collision Repair or Automotive Technology Programs should complete the online application available at now. Every program is limited in capacity, so do not hesitate to enroll to ensure you get into the program of your choice. Any questions about the programs can be directed to Sue Allison at extension 118 ([email protected]) or Michelle Fitzsimmons at extension 158 ([email protected]) at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center.

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