Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association online special Tribute to Mr. George Jackson.
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Tribute to Mr. George Jackson
By Penny Kulp and Dr. Gayle Flowers
One of Mr. George Jackson’s teaching legacy began when he was hired by the Caddo Parish School System to teach Auto Body to students at Caddo Career Center, now known as Caddo Career & Technology Center. His journey began on August 23, 1974, and lasted for 41 years when he retired on May 22, 2015. During those years, he devoted his time, effort, and energy to providing over 500 students with the knowledge and skills to learn to repair damaged vehicles. He enjoyed watching his students perform the various technical and artistic tasks, networking with Body Shop businesses, and seeing his students succeed on the job. Many of Mr. Jackson’s students used the skills he taught them to build careers in collision repair.
Mr. Jackson had a passion for teaching the skill of collision repair and for his students. To enhance the learning experience of his students, he secured grant funds and program donations. During his teaching career, he held many industry-based certifications and worked toward getting his students certified. A few of his training and certifications include: National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), I-CAR Universal Bench Repair of Unibody Automobiles, 3M Systems for Automotive Refinishing, Dupont Refinishing, and Chief EZ Liner Aligner. He enjoyed learning as much as he did teaching and demonstrated the value and joy of lifelong learning to his students.
In 1973, George Jackson wrote a letter to Mr. Parker, Director of Caddo Parish Industrial Arts and Career Education, stating, “I would like very much to become a part of the Career Center’s staff in helping boys to become prepared for this [Body and Fender Repair] type of work”. He stayed true to this calling for 41 years. Toward the end of his career, when asked when he was going to retire, he would respond, “Not this year, there is so much I want to teach these students.” He taught his students skills, but he also taught critical life lessons along the way. He touched his students’ lives in such a way that his legacy will continue for a long time.
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