Payne is working on his first ASE certification while studying at Wallace. Cameron Payne

Because of Wallace

Everyone needs a reliable vehicle, and the booming automotive industry needs educated technicians to keep those vehicles moving safely on the road. Towards that end, Wallace Community College – Dothan offers students an associate in applied science degree and certification testing opportunities with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), so they can enter the workforce with greater earning power. Tech pay can start at $10 to $13 per hour and earn an increase of 30% for completing ASE certifications, plus benefits like health, dental, vision, life insurance, plus vacation and salary increases.

Eighteen-year-old Cameron Payne of Dothan is an early success in the industry. A 2021 graduate of Dothan High School and WCCD freshman, Payne began his automotive journey as a dual enrollment student and has already received several job offers. “They want to hire me now,” says Payne. “One company even offered to hire me on the spot at $16 per hour. I dropped my first transmission today!” he beamed. “After watching it being done a couple of times, I could do it! That’s pretty much the way I learn—show me twice, and I can do it! That’s our way of life – and all trades make money.”