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Wallace alum excels in career in automotive industry

7/2/2019

Russell Hunter got a jump start to his career by taking dual enrollment classes at Wallace Community College-Dothan.

Now a service consultant at Dothan Volkswagen, Hunter oversees other employees in the service department. He credits Wallace with helping him succeed and having the knowledge to help his employer.

“Because of Wallace, I am here. Wallace meant a lot in the sense of what it gave me to have power to go into the rest of my future. It gave me something to empower myself, to look forward to,” Hunter said. “It didn’t just leave me with a vague thing that I think some places of education might would do. It better prepared me for the future.”

He began taking automotive classes while he was in 10th grade at Ashford High School, and finished his degree at Wallace after high school graduation. He earned his degree from the College in 2013.

 “I feel like I helped open up this dealership,” Hunter said. “I started out in the parts department and then transferred over into the service advising and consulting section. It helped me bring a lot of confidence and a lot of knowledge with a particular brand.”

Automotive Technology instructor Greg Odom was Hunter’s mentor during his time at Wallace. Hunter said Odom played a big role in his success.

“Everybody loves Greg,” Hunter said. “I can guarantee you, if you go there, you’re most likely going to get a nickname, but that adds to it. It makes it more personable.”

Hunters nickname – Trouble.

“Russell was a great student,” Odom said. “He was eager to learn and was willing to take on any task. He was also willing to help any student, especially after he mastered a task.”

Odom said seeing Hunter, and other students, do well in their career is a wonderful part of his job.

“It makes this job rewarding when you see a student who had little knowledge in the field come in and succeed in a short time,” Odom said. “He is not finished climbing in his field.”

Hunter said Volkswagen looks for graduates of Wallace when they have open positions.

“Two of our three service technicians are graduates of Wallace Community College,” Hunter said. “We always look to Wallace first because they always seem to have great students that come from the program.”

For more information about Automotive Technology at Wallace, go to www.wallace.edu/automotivetechnology.

 

Wallace Community College is a member of the Alabama Community College System, which is the state’s single largest system of public higher education. With campuses in Dothan and Eufaula, Wallace enrolls 4,600 credit students every term in its academic, health, and career technical programs. The College also serves approximately 3,000 students annually through adult education, workforce training programs, and continuing education. Area high school students take dual enrollment courses through Wallace to get an early start on their college education. 

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