Paul Gibbs is a senior at Hillsdale High School and attends the Collision Repair Program at the Branch Area Careers Center. He is the son of John Gibbs and Heather Cooper. Paul has an On-the-Job Training placement as a body shop assistant at Stillwell Ford Lincoln, under the direction of Chad Crites. His responsibilities include prepping and detailing automobiles, repairing body parts, disassembling automobiles, assisting the technicians, and cleaning the shop.
Paul feels his OJT training has helped him prepare for his future. He gets real-life experiences and discovers what skill set areas he excels at, as well as those areas that still need improvement. His favorite part about the OJT program is being able to use his skills in a professional body shop each day. Paul is a member of the BACC Skills USA chapter. He serves as the Vice-President of his chapter. He also competes in MITES and last year he won first place at the regional and state levels in the Custom Paint Panel of the Auto Body Division. Along with the gold medal, Paul won a $10,000 scholarship, which he plans to use at Ohio Technical College. At OTC, he plans to continue his training in the Collision program. Ultimately, Paul is planning a successful career in a body shop. Paul’s hobbies include working on cars, driving cool cars and spending time with family.