Three Complete Zara’s Collision Center Apprenticeship Program

SPRINGFIELD — Jay Alwood, Ryan Miller, and Travis Sunderland, students in Capital Area Career Center Auto Body Program, have completed their semester-long apprenticeships at Zara’s. The announcement was made by Brad Zara, president of Zara’s.

    “It was an honor for us to include these three young men as part of our team for the past semester,” said Zara. “All three learned, contributed, and gained confidence and respect of their fellow team members. I’m excited for what the future holds for them.”

    Alwood, of New Berlin High School, will join Zara’s detail department full time after graduation June 1. Ryan and Sunderland graduate from Taylorville High School May 25th, with Ryan pursuing opportunities in the area and Sunderland attending Lincoln Tech in Indiana.

    “The collision repair industry is a tremendous employment opportunity for young people after graduation,” said Zara. “When you consider student loan debt and the unknown many college graduates face to find a job in their field of study, this bridge to a skilled career path is something we’re proud to offer.”

    Zara’s Collision Center has been awarded several certifications by major auto manufacturers assuring that Zara's possesses the proper tools, equipment, facilities, and trained staff required to repair vehicle brands to precise specifications to ensure the fit, finish, durability, value, and safety of the manufacturers’ vehicles.

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