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Jul 25, 2013 1:24 PM by Janine Reyes

Del Mar College Offering Auto Body Associates Degree

CORPUS CHRISTI -- If you've ever needed to repair your car after a crash, you know how important it is to bring it to the right place.

A new program at Del Mar College's West Campus is teaching students to do just that, with the chance to earn an Associates in Applied Science Degree in Auto Body Applied Technology.

Araceli Martinez is one student who has been learning a lot in the auto body repair industry. Her husband owns Nava's Auto Paint and Body Shop on Agnes and he told her if she wanted to help, she'd need to get the training.

"It's a long process to learn, but I love to do it," said Martinez. She'll earn a certificate in December, but now a new education plan offered at the school has her interested in learning even more.

Del Mar will start offering an associates in the program this fall and those classes can be transferred.

Professor Adolfo Castaneda, Jr. is excited about the changes. "The student has the opportunity to explore and move on and get a 4 year degree that, it'll make life easier in the long run," said Castaneda.

That's something Martinez realizes and it's now part of her long term plan. She'll get an associates at Del Mar, then move over to Texas A&M Corpus Christi to finish her education. "I hope so, it will be getting my bachelors, it will be 4 years," said Martinez.

While you can have you're car repaired anywhere, it's students like Araceli who you'd probably rather trust with one of your largest investments.

"Its what a house costs now and days," Castaneda said. Castaneda suggests you ask about qualifications before trusting your car to just any technician.

Students enrolled in the associates program will also take basic courses like English, math or science and speech.

Registration for the program starts August 14th. Classes start August 26th.

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