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NRCC automotive graduates laud professors for experiential teaching styles

Chavez, HendersonDaniel Chavez and Natalie Henderson recently graduated with diplomas in automotive analysis and repair at New River Community College, but how each got into the field is a completely different story.

Chavez has always liked cars. He says, “Since I was little, working on cars has been something I liked to do.” A 2014 graduate of Galax High School, Chavez says he came to NRCC to train for a career in the automotive industry. With NRCC having the closest program to his home, he enrolled, but soon found that the convenience of location wasn’t the best reason to go to NRCC. “I like the way they teach,” he says. “The professors’ knowledge is something you won’t find at some other schools.”

Henderson’s trouble with her own car was inspiration for her career choice. She had a problem with her gear shift, and after researching on Google and YouTube videos, she repaired her transmission range sensor. “Fixing my own car sparked my interest as something I could enjoy as a career,” she says. A 2010 graduate of Blacksburg High School, she agrees with her classmate about NRCC’s automotive instructors. “Their shared experience working in so many different aspects of the automotive industry makes learning easier than only teaching out of a book,” she adds.

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