On Oct. 8th at the Back 40 Texas BBQ restaurant in Pleasant Hill, CA, 50 people were on hand to celebrate Mike’s Auto Body’s very first Metal Technician Training Program Graduation.
Francisco Cruz, Ronnie Algood, Patrick Wolfe and Jared Marvin have completed the training and the mentoring program and are now on their way to becoming full-fledged journeymen technicians.
By working closely with their mentors for the past two years, these four graduates are poised and prepared for the future. Special thanks to the mentors who helped these graduates to get to the next level, include Rick Moe, Oscar Hernandez, Jason Tebbit, Gene Duncan and Cameron Lewis.
Owner Mike Rose was delighted to see the company’s first class as it progresses and grows as they pursue careers as Metal Technicians. “We began discussing this idea 10 years ago, so this is very satisfying,” he said. “We really had no choice, because finding good technicians had become problematic. These four guys have worked hard and made a commitment to this program and we will have many more doing the same as we enter our fourth year of our in-house training program.”
Marketing Director Dane Dearlove spoke to the attendees. “We are making history tonight, so we want to sincerely thank all of our new technicians and their mentors. Their journey is not over and the learning will never stop, but now they have great jobs and hopefully long careers in this industry. They are now ready to learn even more and refine their skills, in order to eventually become journeyman metal technicians.”
CEO Brennan Rose also spoke to the assemblage and explained the program’s genesis. “Three years ago, we started this program, because no one was coming into the industry,” he said. “Our goal was to create journeymen and train them our way of doing things and this is exactly what we’ve done. There were some trials and tribulations along the way, but developing by the program, it’s become an integral part of what we’re doing at Mike’s Auto Body.”
The training program’s Head Instructor Lupe Algood has been the driving force behind the company’s Metal Technician Training Program. “These guys are still standing and all have attained the skills they need to reach their goals,” he said. “There is no stopping now! Thanks for the Rose family and everyone at Mike’s Auto Body who gave me a chance to be involved in this program. I am proud of what we’ve achieved and see a great future for this program.”
IT Director Rick Rehm has played a role in the training program since day one, so he is happy to see that the four graduates have completed their mentoring and are ready to continue their employment at Mike’s Auto Body. “They completed six months of classes and worked with mentors for two years, so they are well on their way to becoming journeymen technicians. They now have lucrative jobs and hopefully long careers here and I’d like to congratulate them all.”