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Simulator Helps Collision Repair Students in Plymouth, MA

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From attracting would-be painters to training the next generation of professional coaters, SimSpray’s virtual painter training experience is a valuable tool for trades and finishing programs.

Virtual reality is shaping post-graduate reality for students in the vocational technical studies program at Plymouth South High School in Plymouth, MA.

With the help of a state capital skills grant, students in the school’s automotive collision program can strap on goggles, grab a wand and practice the basics of auto painting without the financial and environmental costs of using real paint.

Their SimSpray trainer is one of only 400 in use in the entire country. Most are in corporate-funded training centers. Some technical colleges don’t even have them. But the red machine in the corner of Chris Baker’s collision repair classroom is making a difference for high school students such as Paige Figueroa, who plans to open her own auto body paint shop after graduating.

Read the full story in Autobody News, Northeast Edition