Students learn valuable skills in collision repair through paid internship

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — When it comes to cars, collision repair is practically in Abigale’s blood.

“My whole family has always been involved in cars I grew up with cars, my dad doing cars my cousins working on cars, and it’s always been in my family I’ve always loved it,” said Abigale Lutz of Cheektowaga.

At just 17 years old, Abigale Lutz is on track to achieve a life long goal. One day, she wants to own her own collision repair shop.

“I have done detailing and I just learn more and more about how the car gets put together how it gets taken apart I learned how to fix different things I’ve learned new things about cars that I didn’t even know,” said Lutz.

She’s spent her summer working at Collision Masters, in a new paid internship program through Erie 1 BOCES.

“It gives the kids an opportunity to see a production shop and learn new skills from all the techs that they have here,” said Robert Verso, Erie 1 BOCES Instructor.

Collision Masters owner Frank Todaro says the industry is in need of more up and coming technicians like Abigale.

“There is a major shortfall and we need to get these students hands on experience get involved and understand they can make a career out of it,” said Frank Todaro, Collision Masters President and Founder.

Abigale says she’s just happy to get a head start in doing something that she loves.

“It gets my name out there, I have support from everyone else that’s seen my work, who know what type of worker I am I just love it,” said Lutz.

Businesses involved in the Erie 1 BOCES internship program include: Collision Masters, Carubba Collision, Gabe’s Collision, Joe Basil Chevrolet and West Herr.

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