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The field of automotive collision repair is ever evolving to keep pace with technology and industry needs. A great deal of training, education, and experience is necessary to obtain the needed certifications to work as a technician. Many students seeking employment in this area look to Ranken Technical College.

Ranken Technical College is a private St. Louis College and trade school, providing education and training for 100 years.  The primary mission is to provide the comprehensive education and training necessary to prepare students for employment and advancement in variety of technical fields. A great deal of emphasis is placed on hands-on training. This standard holds true in the Automotive Collision Repair program, which prepares graduates for positions as collision repair technicians and automotive refinish technicians, with the option to pursue careers in management, estimating and sales.

Schaefer Autobody Centers is proud to partner with Ranken to provide valuable experience to students. Students are able to participate in a work-study program through Schaefer.  Ranken students are able to gain real-life experience while completing their education. They provide valuable services, including shop maintenance, assisting technicians with repairs, assisting estimators with disassembly, detailing for delivery, and shop closing procedures. Students are paid hourly, and also receive fifty percent of their salary toward their tuition and tool purchases.  Schaefer Autobody Centers, in turn, gains a talented workforce to assist in busy shops and potential future employees.

Ranken boasts a remarkable job placement rate, with 96 to 98 percent of graduates obtaining positions in their desired field within six months.  Partnerships with businesses such as Schaefer are key to this success, contributing to a highly competent workforce and getting students linked into the industry long before graduation day arrives. We here at Schaefer are looking forward to many more years of working with Ranken students, as they learn to Make it Like it Never Happened.

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