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Where would be a good place to go to school for auto body?

I can't decide if school is best for me, or if I could just go straight into the work force.

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Luisa’s Answer

Hey Halle,
School isn't for everyone, with that being said it is best to have some skill set in your back pocket. If autobody is in your heart go to a technology center. They should give you a certificate and help you find your first job. Life in the workforce sadly will not promote you without this piece of paper.
I humbly encourage you to go to a technical school, where you can learn and understand the in's and out's of automotive, aerospace and or large truck industries. Trust me, they are not the same.
Good luck to you! You are worth it, spend the time now for a better future.
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Simona’s Answer

Good evening Halle,
I agree with Luisa that a technology center or trade school would be a good fit to start with. Certificates are needed to state that you are qualified to perform the functions of the trade. Most programs can take from 6 - 18 months (all shorter than going to a traditional college for a degree). some programs are in person and some are online--so you have choices.

It might be good to call a few and have conversations on how to get into a program. I've added some links to a couple schools in Iowa to start with.
https://www.iowacentral.edu/industrial_technology/auto_collision_technology/index.asp
https://www.autoeducation.com/schools/IA.htm

This link goes to articles that discuss how to become a mechanic in Iowa
https://www.automechanicschooledu.org/iowa/

Hope this is helpful

Simona recommends the following next steps:

Review the links and articles on how to become a mechanic
Look at schools in the links to see what the requirements are
Talk to someone from the schools/visit to see if they are a good fit
Sign up for one of the programs
Additional: See if you can get experience through an internship/volunteer work at a local garage to count as hours towards your program (or just experience for you?
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