CFCC student veteran earns free tools to start new career

Kevin Young

One Cape Fear Community College student will be getting a head start on his career, thanks to a new grant program designed for student veterans who are preparing for jobs in the auto repair industry.

Kevin Young, an U.S. Air Force veteran who is studying collision repair at CFCC, was recently selected to receive $2,500 in tools from the “Hire Our Heroes” grant program sponsored by 3M and the Collision Education Foundation.

Young, who relocated to Wilmington from Chicago, enrolled at CFCC to prepare for a new career in automotive collision repair. Young said that automotive work seemed like a natural choice because something it’s he has been interested in for years and the jobs are in high demand.

According to CFCC’s collision repair lead instructor Shawn Dixon the job market is very strong for trained collision repair technicians.

“The jobs are definitely out there,” Dixon said.

Launched in January of 2013, the “Hire Our Heroes” campaign helps to place veterans in technical jobs that are in need of skilled technicians.

CFCC offers day and night classes in collision repair and refinishing. The college offers a one-year diploma program and a two-semester certificate program. Courses are offered at the downtown Wilmington Campus and in Burgaw.

For more details about 3M’s “Hire Our Heroes” program, see the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XqLYSpaZx2s#!.