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Subjects Taught
Auto Body Repair

Education

Richlands High School Graduate 1987

I-CAR Certified

        Ford Aluminum Structural Repair

         FOR06

ASE Certified

         Painting and Refinishing

         Nonstructural Analysis and Damage Repair

         Structural Analysis and Damage Repair

         Damage Analysis and Estimating

 

Southwest Virginia Community College

       Pre-Engineering 2.5 yrs 
    

James Madison University

      Curriculum and Instruction in Vocational Education

      Life Span and Human Development

      Instructional Technology

Blue Ridge Community College

     Integrating Technology in the classroom

Dabney S. Lancaster College

    Wind Energy

AMI Automotive Institute

     Estimating Practices

     Writing Proper Estimates

     Total Loss Determination

Atlanta Training Center

     Color Adjustment and Blending

 

     

     

    

 



Bio

I was born June 8, 1969 to an Auto Body Technician named Herley Blankenship who in 1971 became the Collision Repair Instructor at TCVC (TCCTC). I graduated Richlands High School in 1987 and attended Tazewell County Career and Technical Center in 1986 and 1987. I was a welding student for 2 years and obtained my welding certification. While attending TCCTC I was school president, placed second in VICA (SkillsUSA) welding competition, and won 1st in the nation in Occupational Health and Safety scrapbook competition. After high school I studied Pre-Engineering for 2.5 years at SVCC.  From 1989 to 2000 I worked at various Collision Centers like Jim's Precision Body Works and Jack Sykes Body Shop. I also owned Tom's Collision Repair in the later part of those years. In August of 2000 I became the Collision Repair instructor at TCCTC. 

      So as one can see, the Tazewell County Career and Technical Center has been a part of my life in one way or the other since I was 2 years old. This is my 17th year teaching at the Career Center.

 

The school and students that attended are my passion and I strive to see both succeed.