BRCC Spotlight: Auto Student Asha Harris

Mon Mar 15, 2021 at 08:55 AM

Asha Harris Feature

With no particular career interest in mind and several free blocks during her senior year, Asha Harris' high school counselor encouraged her to look at the offerings available at Massanutten Technical Center. “I had no idea what I might want to do, but I knew that even if I didn't pass automotive or didn't like it I would still have learned to change my own oil,” Asha explained.

Asha decided to enroll in auto mechanic and collision classes at MTC, and after graduation, got a job at Curb Appeal. She continued her collision courses as well as her education by enrolling at Blue Ridge Community College after graduating from high school. “I chose Blue Ridge because it was close to home and I wasn't sure what I wanted to do other than collision,” Asha said. “Blue Ridge had such a variety of classes in person, online and hybrid, that it was easy to keep working while going to school.”

After finishing her general education classes at BRCC, Asha decided to enroll in the automotive program, where she found her instructors to be “astounding.” “I walked into the program with very little knowledge of vehicles, and not once did they make me feel small or dumb for not knowing what parts are called,” she said. Through hands-on work, recorded videos, demonstrations, and labs, “They always make sure you understand what they are teaching.”

Her advice for those considering the auto program at BRCC: “If anyone is thinking about automotive, they should definitely do it! There are so many different fields in this kind of work.” Asha plans to continue her collision work after graduation from BRCC in May.