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RR 482: Technician Shortage Solution – College Apprentice Program
8th November 2019 • Remarkable Results Radio Podcast • Carm Capriotto, AAP
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Israel Salazar
School – Wake Tech Community College
Shop – Kings Auto Service, Raleigh NC

Bridgette Johnson
School  – Caldwell Community College
Shop – L & N Performance, Blowing Rock NC

Mario Eason
School – Wake Tech Community College
Shop – Creech Imports, Raleigh


Key Talking Points:

  • This program was created with IGONC (Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina and the state of North Carolina)
  • The students are getting free post-secondary tuition
  • They are earning a ‘decent’ wage
  • Mentoring is no problem. They just need to ask for any support
  • Enjoyed the vendor show
  • Held the latest equipment in their hands
  • They learned a lot by attending technical classes
  • The owners, whose shop they worked at, were represented at the event with them
  • They discovered networking
  • These three apprentices were greeted and acknowledged as first in the program by shop owners and IGONC members


  • Thanks to Israel Salazar, Bridgette Johnson, and Mario Eason for their contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
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