Nashua Community College revamps collision repair program with new classes, certifications, and partnerships

Nashua Community College revamps collision repair program with new classes, certifications, and partnerships

November 17, 2017

Nashua Community College revamps collision repair program with new classes, certifications, and partnerships

Partnership with Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair enhances New Hampshire’s only college-level collision repair program

Nashua, NH – In a unique partnership with a national automotive technician trade group, a non-profit automotive collision repair certification group, and Nashua Community College (NCC), public and private industry partners are working together to provide training to a wide range of students through New Hampshire’s only college-level collision repair program. This fall, NCC completed a formal partnership with the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) and NCC’s Collision Repair Technology program.

Ensuring training programs meet the highest standards benefits the college, students and future employers, as well as the automotive service industry and everyone who operates a motor vehicle. NCC’s I-CAR collaboration also opens opportunities for NCC students to experience industry-standard training in addition to the comprehensive curriculum required to complete an Associate of Science Degree in Collison Repair Technology.

“We hope this helps address the statewide – and nationwide – shortage of collision repair technicians. A good collision repair technician in New Hampshire can make an excellent living, but currently there aren’t too many young people getting into the trade,” said Karl Wunderlich, associate professor at NCC’s Collision Repair Technology program and chairperson of Industry and Transportation, Automotive, Aviation, Collision Repair and Honda PACT Technologies programs at NCC. “This new partnership sets our students – who graduate with industry-standard certifications and hands-on experience – apart from other entry-level technicians, and it saves the new employer money because they don’t have to invest in I-CAR training for a new hire.”

To help achieve the certification, NCC added new tools and equipment and adjusted course requirements for in-class and lab work. The program also offers new courses in collision repair welding and refinishing, enabling the program to serve not only NCC students, but automotive technicians from throughout the region as an approved I-CAR professional development training site for those already working in the field.

Chicago-based I-CAR provides manufacturer-recommended training for people working in auto body shops across the country. Its members identify regional training needs, find and train an instructor, and meet for regular training sessions throughout the year. Now, they will conduct all local trainings at NCC, and can blend their curriculum with what NCC instructors are teaching, exposing both groups of students to fundamental skills with industry-standard professional development. NCC is the only higher education institution with an I-CAR partnership and approved curriculum in New Hampshire. Once NCC’s instructors complete I-CAR training, NCC students will graduate with I-CAR platinum certifications.

“I-CAR is excited to partner with Nashua Community College and begin establishing a long-term relationship with the school,” said I-CAR Director, Bill Stage. “Nashua Community College has recently been named an I-CAR official Training Site, where I-CAR will offer all of our core collision repair courses to the collision repair industry. I-CAR focuses on building strong relationships with career and technical education schools such as Nashua Community College, which benefits the students, schools, collision repair industry and local communities. The collision repair industry offers outstanding growth-oriented careers, and we are confident that our new partnership with Nashua Community College will help expand opportunities for local students who are interested in pursuing a career in the field.”

To learn more about the collision repair technology program at NCC, visit, on Facebook at or contact Karl Wunderlich at 603-882-6923 ext. 1472 or To learn more about I-CAR, visit

About Nashua Community College

Since 1970, Nashua Community College has been successfully meeting the educational needs of the Greater Nashua area through providing a high quality two-year, post-secondary education. The college partners closely with area industries that provide students with a unique perspective in their fields of study, allowing for a real-world experience to further their academic journey. Students can choose from a variety of associate degree and certificate programs, with six of their programs now being offered online. Nashua Community College is a member of the Community College System of New Hampshire. The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors and embraces the "65 by 25 Initiative," which calls for 65 percent of New Hampshire citizens to have some form of postsecondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands.