ROPs are technical schools that educate today's techs for both collision and mechanical disciplines. By learning the fundamentals of collision repair, body shops in Nor Cal can hire these young professionals as they enter the automotive field. With all of the new technologies, this profession is more coveted than ever before.
As they displayed their skills at a regional SkillsUSA competition on January 26 at Eden Area ROP in Hayward, Calif., top students from three automotive tech schools vied for medals and a trip to the state finals in San Diego, Calif., on April 4-7. Thirty-five high school and college students studying automotive collision repair from Eden Area ROP, Central County Occupational Center (CCOC) in San Jose, Calif. and Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, Calif. competed in two categories—collision repair and autobody re-finishing/paint. With 12 medal winners overall, all of the schools were well-represented, but in the end Eden Area ROP took eight medals, under the direction of Head Instructor Daniel Pareja.
SkillsUSA is a highly-respected national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. It sponsors the SkillsUSA regional, state and national competitions annually, designed to test the skills needed for a successful entry level performance in given occupational fields, including collision repair.
At Anderson Behel, we strongly support our Bay Area ROPs and the SkillsUSA competitions nationwide. Good luck to all of the students from Eden Area ROP and Central County Occupational Center (CCOC), as they proceed to the state finals in San Diego!