Collision Repair and Auto Body
About the Instructor
Collision Repair/Auto Body
Auto Body Repair
Richlands High School Graduate 1987
Ford Aluminum Structural Repair
Painting and Refinishing
Nonstructural Analysis and Damage Repair
Structural Analysis and Damage Repair Damage Analysis and Estimating
Southwest Virginia Community College
James Madison University
Curriculum and Instruction in Vocational Education
Life Span and Human Development
Blue Ridge Community College
Integrating Technology in the classroom
Dabney S. Lancaster College
AMI Automotive Institute
Writing Proper Estimates
Total Loss Determination
Atlanta Training Center
Color Adjustment and Blending
I was born June 8, 1969, to an Auto Body Technician named Herley Blankenship who in 1971 became the Collision Repair Instructor at TCVC (TCCTC). I graduated from Richlands High School in 1987 and attended Tazewell County Career and Technical Center in 1986 and 1987. I was a welding student for 2 years and obtained my welding certification. While attending TCCTC, I was school president, placed second in VICA (SkillsUSA) welding competition, and won 1st in the nation in Occupational Health and Safety scrapbook competition. After high school, I studied Pre-Engineering at SVCC. From 1989 to 2000 I worked at various Collision Centers like Jim's Precision Body Works and Jack Sykes Body Shop. I also owned Tom's Collision Repair in the latter part of those years. In August of 2000, I became the Collision Repair instructor at TCCTC.
The school and students that attended are my passion and I strive to see both succeed.
2. Work boots or leather tennis shoes
3. We provide safety glasses but you may want to buy a more comfortable pair.
4. Note book and pencil/pen.