OSWEGO – Through hard work, dedication and a willingness to learn, a student in the Auto Body Repair program at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation has taken an internship with a local car dealership and potentially turned it into full-time employment opportunity.
Student Joel Feliciano, from Fulton City School District, has been working as an intern at Burritt Motors in Oswego for the past several months and has displayed attributes the company looks for in its employees.
“He’s shown a willingness to try new things with a smile on his face,” said owner Rich Burritt. “And he’s willing to put in the extra work. He’s a hard worker and that’s the most encouraging thing.”
According to Burritt, over the course of his internship, Feliciano has worked on a wide variety of full body repairs meant to increase the value of used vehicles.
Rich Rainville, Feliciano’s instructor at CiTi, helped set up the internship after Feliciano expressed interest in a career in the auto body repair field.
Rainville said Feliciano has the desire to improve and the perfect opportunity to do so at Burritt Motors.
“My goal is to get him into a career and have him be a productive member of the community,” said Rainville.
Feliciano said the internship has taught him a lot about the auto body repair field and reassured him as to what he wants to do for a living after high school.
“I now know for sure what I want to do with my future,” he said. “And hopefully I’ll have a full-time job at Burritt Motors.”
Burritt has similar ideas for his intern.
“I’d hire him right now,” Burritt said.