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Start your engines: RCC hosts local students for Automotive Day

Photo of a person standing by cars and talking.
Don Ashley, Randolph Community College Automotive Systems Technology Department Head, tells visiting 10th graders about electric vehicles Friday, Feb. 16, in the Richard Petty Education Center as part of the College’s Automotive Day.

Randolph Community College welcomed 180 local 10th grade students for Automotive Day on Friday, Feb. 16. The event was created to increase exposure for an important career pathway to students from the Randolph County, Asheboro City, and Uwharrie Charter Academy school systems.


Miguel Meraz, second-year student at Randolph Community College, demonstrates the paint booth.

“Automotive Day was a testament to our commitment to providing hands-on, real-world education,” RCC President/CEO Dr. Shah Ardalan said. “Our dedicated faculty and students went above and beyond to showcase the cutting-edge facilities and innovative curriculum that define our programs. Events like these not only bridge the gap between theory and practice but also serve as a platform to ignite passion and interest in the automotive industry. We believe in empowering the next generation with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in this ever-evolving field. I extend my sincere gratitude to all the participants, faculty, and staff who made this event a resounding success.”

The students participated in 15-minute stations on a tour of the Automotive Systems Technology and Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology programs in the Richard Petty Education Center. The stations gave students a hands-on look into career fields such as automotive collision repair, painting, electrical wiring, light duty diesel, car inspections, wheel alignments, and electric vehicles.

The event also gave the College the opportunity to inform students about the Career and College Promise (CCP) program, which allows high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to take tuition free college courses.

Randolph Community College (RCC), under the leadership of President/CEO Dr. Shah Ardalan, is committed to providing relevant career training and educational opportunities. Affordable degrees and short-term certificate programs start throughout the year, both in person and online. For more information, call 336-633-0200 or visit and expect to engage with the most competent and compassionate team of faculty and staff.

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