Glendale Heights-Area Auto Collision Repair Programs
Glendale Heights is about 30 miles from Chicago. There are several schools that offer degree and certificate programs in auto body repair within a 55-minute drive of Glendale Heights. This article gives an overview of three of these schools, all 2-year public institutions. It includes a table that offers information on important aspects prospective students should consider, such as tuition. There's also a little information about one more school with an auto body repair degree program in the Glendale Heights area.
- Waubonsee Community College, about 22 miles from Glendale Heights, in Sugar Grove, offers an associate's degree program in auto body repair.
- About 30 miles from downtown Glendale Heights, the College of Lake County provides an associate's degree program in automotive collision repair along with several related certificate programs.
- City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy - King College is within the Chicago city limits, a little more than 20 miles from downtown Glendale Heights. Although this school doesn't offer auto collision degree programs, students can choose from three certificate programs that provide the necessary training to work in the industry.
Comparison of Schools
There are many factors a prospective student should consider when choosing a school for their training. The following table allows them to easily compare the three schools profiled in this article.
|Waubonsee Community College||College of Lake County||City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy - King College|
|School Type||Two-year; public||Two-year; public||Two-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||9,518*||14,590*||3,395*|
|Campus Setting||Fringe rural||Large suburb||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$3,216 in-district; $7,530 in-state; $8,115 out-of-state*||$3,864 in-district; $8,960 in-state; $11,872 out-of-state*||$3,506 in-district; $8,126 in-state; $11,906 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||56%*||44%*||81%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)||71% for full-time students*||70% for full-time students*||51% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (students began 2014)||31% (22% transfer-out rate)*||28% (23% transfer-out rate)*||20% (10% transfer-out rate)*|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Waubonsee Community College.
Waubonsee Community College
Waubonsee Community College's auto collision repair program is in line with the standards of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). This school offers an associate's degree intended for individuals who wish to gain the technical skills and business knowledge needed to own an auto body repair shop.
Associate in Applied Science Degree in Auto Body Repair
Required courses in this program include auto body welding, glass service and frame repair. Business-focused courses in technical mathematics and business plan development are also included. The summer internship requirement gives students a chance to apply what they have learned in the classroom to actual auto body repairs. Individuals are expected to complete this 60-credit program in about two years. Students are eligible to take the ASE's auto body certification examination after graduating from this program.
College of Lake County
Located in the northeast suburbs of Chicago, the College of Lake County's Grayslake campus sits on 226 acres and is the largest campus in the college.
Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Collision Repair
This degree program provides the necessary preparation for students to gain entry-level employment in the auto body repair field and can eventually lead to positions as supervisors or owners. The curriculum emphasizes theory and practical application and follows the standards set by the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR). This 60-credit program combines general education courses with focused technical coursework in structural and non-structural repair, automotive welding and automotive mechanical systems.
City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy - King College
City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy - King College is located in Chicago, approximately 25 miles from Glendale Heights. Kennedy - King College offers an associate's degree program in automotive technology on its newly-constructed main campus.
Basic Certificate in Auto Body Repainting Technology
This 22-credit program focuses on how to repaint and detail automobiles. Students can expect to take three auto body repainting courses in addition to courses in collision estimating, and body detailing.
Basic Certificate in Auto Body Reconstruction Technology
Students interested in replacing and fixing frames, panels and other body sections on automobiles may be interested in this 22-credit certificate program. This program features courses in welding, collision estimating and auto body reconstruction.
Advanced Certificate in Automotive Collision Technology
This program is aimed at students seeking comprehensive education in auto body repair. Some of the courses offered in this program include auto body welding, auto body reconstruction, damage repair, auto body detailing and repainting automobiles. This program also includes a cooperative education exploration course.
Other School Options
Kishwaukee College is a public institution located in nearby Malta, Illinois, which offers an Associate in Applied Science degree program in collision repair technology.