Fremont, California (EastBayDaily) — Maaco Auto Body and Paint, an auto body and collision center in Fremont, recognizes that the country is in desperate need of jobs and that young people have been especially hard hit by the recession. Youth unemployment is much higher than the general population, but they still need opportunities to gain experience and move into the workforce. To provide such experiences, Maaco Auto Body and Paint has taken the initiative to participate in a summer internship program.
“The body shop business is fun! You get to participate in the dramatic transformations from ugly, faded and damaged to a beautiful, shiny and new-looking car,” Frank Barnard of Maaco Auto Body and Paint said.
Since 2009, Maaco has partnered with local schools to provide summer jobs and valuable work experience to youths between the ages of 16 and 21. Past interns have included both boys and girls, with several students coming from the California School for the Deaf, Hayward Adult School and Alameda Community College. The program is administered through the Hayward Adult School, with Maaco Auto Body and Paint having hosted six youths through the program in the past three years.
“They give an opportunity to high school age kids to intern at the shop so they can thrive! How cool is that?" Colin Piotrowski, a job placement specialist for the California Department of Education, said.
The interns at Maaco Auto Body and Paint don’t just sweep the floors (although they do that, too), but are given the opportunity to learn hands-on and side-by-side with Maaco expert technicians. They learn to remove and reinstall parts, recondition peeling paint, repair scratches, and mask and prepare cars for painting. They are not allowed to complete critical repairs on customer vehicles, such as bodywork or painting. They do get to see how these processes work and learn if auto repair work is a good career fit for them.
The California School for the Deaf has presented Maaco with a special recognition plaque for its “Outstanding Contribution to the Job Placement Program.”
For more information about the program or any of Maaco Auto Body and Paint’s services, call 510-745-9770, view the shop on the Web at http://www.fremont-maaco.com or visit 37414 Centralmont Place in Fremont.
About Maaco Auto Body and Paint
Maaco Auto Body and Paint in Fremont offers a number of services, including state-of-the-art auto body repair, car paint and expert collision repair performed by its I-CAR certified technicians. Maaco offers free estimates and a nationwide warranty. Maaco Fremont is highly recognized in the industry and has garnered a number of awards, including Best Body Shop in the San Francisco Bay Area by SF Baylist and Cityvoter.com; and Best of Fremont for three years, from 2009 until 2011. Maaco Auto Body and Paint serves the Fremont, Union City and Newark areas.