HCC graduate helps customers at local
WELDON, N.C. –
Community College (HCC) graduate Laura Jenkins Padgett has
been all about cars for a while now. In 2007, as a
first-year Automotive Systems Technology student, Padgett
was the only female in the program. Now, she is a graduate
of HCC, earning an Associate in Applied Science—Automotive
Systems Technology degree in December 2009. She received her
GED from HCC in April 2007.
Recently, Padgett was selected from a
field of 60 applicants as a service advisor at local car
dealership, White Motors. She has been on the job for a few
weeks now and is enjoying the experience. In addition to
graduating and getting a job, Padgett got married this year.
Her husband, Leland, serves in the U.S. Navy. The couple
resides in Roanoke Rapids.
Although she has been on the job for a
short time, Padgett likes interacting with people who come
into the service department. She deals with customers on a
daily basis and tries to help them better understand their
vehicles’ problems. “HCC training helps me with that
process,” said Padgett.
She added, “I was very shy before starting
college. I think being at HCC with all kinds of people, I
got used to it and now I’m able to communicate with
different types of people. It added to my confidence level.”
Padgett can be reached at 537-6138 for service information.
“We feel fortunate to have Laura Jenkins
Padgett on our service team. Laura brings a ‘can do’
attitude with her, along with a bright and cheerful greeting
to all of our service customers. Laura’s schooling and
training at HCC will be applied and tested in her job
position here at White Motors,” said General Manager Fred
Rice. “With more than 40 vehicles being written up daily,
there is a lot to keep track of in her position as service
advisor. I am confident that with the additional guidance of
our Service Director Mike Carlson, Mrs. Padgett will develop
into as fine a service advisor as we could want.”
“As a local employer, White Motors
totally supports and encourages the HCC Automotive programs.
I personally feel that more young folks today should look at
careers in the automotive industry. There is a desperate
need for qualified service advisors, technicians and parts
department personnel. The rewards are many and employment is
steady and looks to continue to grow well into the
foreseeable future,” added Rice.
HCC offers an Associate in Applied
Science degree in Automotive Systems Technology for anyone
who is serious about the automotive industry and wants to be
in a position to move into management or higher-level
education. Degree students learn manual and automatic
transmissions, automotive servicing, auto shop management,
and interpersonal psychology. All courses are geared toward
helping individuals achieve success in the automotive
industry. HCC also offers a diploma as well as automotive
systems basic, advanced automotive and electricity and
engine performance certificates.
For more information about the
associate’s degree, diploma or certificate programs
available in Automotive Systems Technology, contact Hunter
Taylor at (252) 536-7228 or via e-mail at
or review program details at
HCC Automotive Systems Technology graduate Laura Jenkins