WCC’s New Ash Building Prepares Automotive Students (PHOTO GALLERY)

WCC’s New Ash Building Prepares Automotive Students (PHOTO GALLERY)

Wayne Community College is training the next generation of automotive techs in a new, state-of-the-art facility.

The college’s new 34,600 square foot Automotive and Collision Repair facility, called the Ash Building, opened on WCC’s campus in August.

Kevin Jordan, the Transportation Department Chair at WCC, says the industry partners for WCC’s automotive programs include Chrysler-Fiat, General Motors, and Nissan Infinity.

Jordan says the students in the Ash Building are training for in-demand careers, and they’re often working in local dealerships by the end of their first semester.

WCC student Martin Martinez already works at Deacon Jones Nissan in Goldsboro.

Martinez says he’s typically doing oil changes at his work, but he’s already getting a chance to work on electrical issues with the vehicles that are brought in.

The Ash Building includes classrooms, bays, work rooms, offices, meeting space, and a lobby with a showroom feel.

WCC constructed the $7.8 million facility through a “design-build” deliver method with Moseley Architects and Daniels and Daniels Construction Company.

The “design-build” model made for an easier and more efficient construction period, and was a first for the NC Community College System.