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Lindsey Wright & Paul Boothroyd

Automotive Instructor has ample experience

Before joining RCC’s Automotive Technology faculty full time this year, Paul Boothroyd was the shop foreman with the Jim Sigel auto dealership in Grants Pass for 24 years.

 A master certified technician, Boothroyd calculates he has racked up around 10,000 hours of specialized training – “years and years,” as he put it.

He earned an associate’s degree in automotive technology from De Anza College in California and had taught part time at Rogue for three years.

RCC student Lindsey Wright says the real-world experience that instructors like Boothroyd bring to the classroom and labs is important.
 
“Paul is very encouraging and really easygoing and easy to talk with. He’s very knowledgeable, has lots of experience and knows what he’s talking about. He’s always available for extra help.”

Boothroyd had long enjoyed teaching dealership technicians and helping them learn the trade, so when the opportunity to teach full time arose, he was ready.

“I like it when I can pass along my knowledge to students and help them see that repairing a vehicle can be a rewarding experience – and not frustrating – when you have the skills.”

Lindsey Wright

Returning to school right decision for Lindsey Wright

For Lindsey Wright, the opportunity to gain new skills in an upbeat atmosphere was a key factor in selecting Rogue Community’ College’s Automotive Technology program.

“I love being surrounded by the positive, forward thinking people in this environment. People are really trying to better themselves by getting an education,” she noted.

Now 31 years old, Wright found herself out of work when she was laid off from her job painting vehicles at a truck body manufacturing shop in the Illinois Valley.

“RCC had what I was looking for. The automotive program is right up my alley,” Wright said.

Having completed her general education and pre-requisites, Wright can now focus on her major. Since coming to Rogue she has earned straight As and developed personal and professional goals to pursue.

“I’m always being asked if I fix cars. Before RCC I could just make them pretty,” said Wright, who spent 12 years painting vehicles. “With this degree I will be more well rounded, and I can take my career further.”

Wright grew up in Cave Junction and attended Illinois Valley High School. She prepped for her GED at RCC’s Kerby Center and passed the exams when she was 16.

“The learning center was very helpful,” she recalled. She briefly tried college, studying creative writing at Foothill College in the Bay Area.

“School wasn’t for me then,” Wright said. “I was 17 and thought I had bigger and better things to do.” She went on to spend time living in Seattle, Phoenix and New Orleans, learning to paint vehicles and working her way up from washing cars to detailing to custom paint jobs.

As an RCC student, she benefitted from RCC Foundation scholarships, student loans and financial aid.

“Being a single mom, everything helps,” Wright said,

And she found that the real-world experience of instructors like Paul Boothroyd is important. Boothroyd, whom Wright considers a mentor, spent 24 years as a shop foreman before joining RCC’s Automotive Department.

“Paul is very encouraging and really easygoing to talk with,” Wright said. “He’s very knowledgeable, has lots of experience and knows what he’s talking about. He’s always available for extra help.”

Wright says the RCC program does a good job keeping current with new technical breakthroughs and providing up-to-date equipment. This spring she studied brakes, transmissions and entrepreneurship.

But Wright, who would like to some day own and operate her own shop, is determined her education will not end after this program. She’s interested in business and welding and wants to take airbrush painting and steel sculpture.

“I have a daughter and a future to look forward to,” she said. “Whatever I can learn now is really going to help me. I would like to be able to fix anything anyone throws at me,” she explained.

“Going back to school was one of the best choices I ever made,” Wright continued. “I’ll probably be a student for life – that’s how I want to live now. I dropped out twice before, but my life and my priorities are all different now.

“I absolutely recommend RCC to my family and friends who are trying to figure out what their next move in life is going to be.

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