Automotive Technology Success Stories


Derrick Else

Derrick, a Brighton High School graduate, is following the footsteps of his brothers, but he’s also making his own way. Armed with “all the certificates” from FRCC, Derrick started “shagging cars” – moving cars in and out of the service bays – and helping technicians with minor tasks at O’Meara Ford in Northglenn. After gaining more work experience, he usually works the general or light line in the Service Department. He hopes to move up to specialize in front-end work. “The teachers at FRCC are really good,” he says. “They get you ready to know what you have to do.” He remembers lots of “one on one” time with his teachers. His advice? “Pay attention in class. Talk to the teachers. Get a job at a dealership to get your foot in the door. Learn how the business is run.”


Andrea Perry

Andrea wants to be a master technician and own her own shop. Her can-do attitude is ready to meet the challenge. She earned her automotive certificates as a single mother to her son, Diesel. She is working on the general education credits for an Associate of Applied Science degree. While living on a farm Andrea discovered she enjoyed working with her hands and fixing things. A Rocky Mountain High School graduate, Andrea started in the high school automotive program and continued into the college program. “The classes are excellent,” she says. “The instructors are very knowledgeable.”