RR 482: Technician Shortage Solution – College Apprentice Program

Israel Salazar
School – Wake Tech Community College
Shop – Kings Auto Service, Raleigh NC

Bridgette Johnson
School  – Caldwell Community College
Shop – L & N Performance, Blowing Rock NC

Mario Eason
School – Wake Tech Community College
Shop – Creech Imports, Raleigh


Key Talking Points:

  • This program was created with IGONC (Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina and the state of North Carolina)
  • The students are getting free post-secondary tuition
  • They are earning a ‘decent’ wage
  • Mentoring is no problem. They just need to ask for any support
  • Enjoyed the vendor show
  • Held the latest equipment in their hands
  • They learned a lot by attending technical classes
  • The owners, whose shop they worked at, were represented at the event with them
  • They discovered networking
  • These three apprentices were greeted and acknowledged as first in the program by shop owners and IGONC members


  • Thanks to Israel Salazar, Bridgette Johnson, and Mario Eason for their contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
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Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast and the pioneer of automotive aftermarket podcasts. Carm calls on his years of experience in the aftermarket to bring engaging stories from his guests.

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