RCC Students Complete Petty Experience

ASHEBORO (May 3, 2018)

During the weeks of March 26 and April 3, Petty’s Garage welcomed 14 aspiring automotive technicians from Randolph Community College. The RCC students were broken up in two parts – automotive systems and collision repair.

RCC President Robert Shackleford and Richard Petty congratlate Roberto Avila, who recently completed the Petty Experience at Petty's Garage

Roberto Avila of Randleman, one of 14 RCC students who recently completed the Petty Experience at Petty’s Garage, is congratulated by RCC President Robert Shackleford and Richard Petty.

In order to be eligible for the Petty Experience, students had to maintain an above-average GPA within their departments and show a drive for the education.

Upon arrival at Petty’s Garage, the students learned about the company, its mission, and operations. The students were then able to choose between six areas of focus within the garage to spend their week shadowing and learning: OEM upfitting; restoration modifications; parts and E-commerce management; paint and body shop; performance upgrades; and engine shop.

The students were congratulated for their commitment by Dr. Robert Shackleford, president of Randolph Community College, and Richard Petty during a company “fried chicken” luncheon.

“Petty’s Garage is thankful for the partnership with RCC and plans to continue for years ahead in showing future students the ropes of the automotive world,” said Taylor Rayle, marketing communications specialist for Petty’s Garage.

Automotive Systems Technology students who participated were Caroline Black, Jose Flores, Matthew Kendrick, Alex Sorto, and Steven Zafra, all of Asheboro; Michael Randall of Franklinville; Jacob Winkler of Randleman; Cody Johnson of Ramseur; and Jeremy Dunn of Troy.

Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology students who participated were Gabriel Cortez, Jason Hernandez, and Cesar Ramos, all of Asheboro; Roberto Avila of Randleman; and Vicente Rodriguez of Troy.