FENNIMORE, WI (Ben Caxton) — A collaboration between Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Averkamp Auto Body in Platteville, Wisconsin and Platteville High School continued this semester. Specifically, high school students were able to explore auto collision refinishing. They spent a week learning from Ed Averkamp, owner of Averkamp Auto Body, which culminated in active learning activities at his business on November 15. During each lesson, the students have the opportunity to refurbish a car hood. Averkamp purchases the sheet metal, which provides good practice simulation for the students. The safety gear and paint were donated. Averkamp built the stand for the hood. The students work through the process of fixing the dents and repainting the piece. Once complete, they all add autographs to their masterpiece. The hood is dried and hung on a classroom wall, near last semester’s piece.