Lauren Wimpee graduated from Ranken’s Automotive Collision Repair Technology program in May 2021. She recalls, “My favorite memory was when we were learning to refinish vehicles. We had a 2019 Camry in the shop, and it had a lot of new parts that needed painting. I spent a couple of days painting everything with my instructor. It was really fun, and I learned a lot within those couple days of painting.”

Tim Green, Automotive instructor explains, “Lauren served an internship with Schaefer Autobody while earning her degree at Ranken. She now works for Schaefer as a Service Writer. Lauren tells us, “Ranken has provided me plenty of information to use while performing my job. Although I don’t directly repair vehicles, I know the processes and can do smaller tasks if needed which makes my performance more efficient. Training to get into my position full-time was also done quicker since I had a better educational background.”

Heather Sims, General Manager at Schaefer Autobody’s Fenton, Missouri location, says “Lauren began her career with Schaefer while interning at the O’Fallon, Illinois location. The internship was a valuable experience for her. She came to our South County shop in February 2021 where she took on service writing. Lauren went back to the O’Fallon site for a short time before returning to our Fenton shop to become a permanent service writer. Lauren has always been eager to take on more work and she’s definitely a team player. She has become a real asset to me, picking up the slack when other service writers left our shop. Lauren has a great attitude and works the hours she’s asked, even when those hours go beyond her regular hours. She does a remarkable job with the tasks she’s given.”

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