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Bridgette Johnson, L&N Performance Automotive Repair, Blowing Rock, NC. Bridgette graduated from the automotive program at Caldwell Community College & Technical  Institute. Through the North Carolina Apprenticeship Program, she was able to finish college debt-free and begin her career right after high school. She not only received her Associate's degree but also her Journeywoman card and certificates of completion for the NC State Apprenticeship Program.

Key Talking Points

  • November 2019 Episode 482- IGONC Apprentice Program. 2 year college program, full ride with no debt.
  • ADAS- learning about the new technology, cameras, sensors.
  • Apprenticeship- online and in person classes
  • Interest began in high school- wanted to learn how to do things herself. Chose to do a job shadow with Lucus Underwood. 
  • Has supportive coworkers
  • Advice- attend events, spread the word on apprenticeship programs,
  • She is keeping her future open in the industry

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