The students in the STAR Achiever Program attended a short class on Auto Tech and Collision on October 6th at the Kirkwood Regional Center. As a follow up to that event, they visited Cassill Collision in Cedar Rapids on Nov. 3 to see what a real collision center was like. They were met by Brad, the manager of the Cassill Collision Center who explained the function of the collision center and gave a general overview of what the students would see during their visit. They visited the “exam room” where damaged vehicles are evaluated and an estimate for repairs is created. Next they saw cars in various stages of repair. First the damaged parts are removed and either replaced with new or repaired in the shop. After all repairs are made, the vehicles are painted. Students saw how the color and shade of paint is determined, how it is mixed and the huge number of paint samples that need to be matched to the exact shade and color of auto being repaired. Brad showed them some cars with repairs complete and they tried to identify the location of the initial damage. They also got to look at a list of pictures of damaged cars that had been brought to Cassill for repair. The most popular was a car that ran into a deer.
The STAR Achiever Program owes a special thanks to Cassill Collision. When this program was developed 2 years ago, The Cassill organization decided this was a good cause and provided transportation for the program. Without their support, the STAR Achiever Program would not have become a reality and we owe a special thanks to Brad, Mike and the Cassill organization for partnering with the program.