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Episode 13: Matthew Perry (HVCC)

Welcome to Blue Collar StartUp the podcast.    
Our Mission is Simple: To facilitate the growth and development of Blue Collar businesses. We will showcase REAL Blue Collar businesses in interviews, and use these stories to help educate and empower the next generation of trades workers to become Blue Collar business owners.   

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview Matthew Perry from the Auto-Body Program at Hudson Valley Community College! Matt highlights for us that there need not always be a line between a college degree and trade schooling; sometimes, you can have both!

Matthew Perry - Hudson Valley Community College

00:16 - Introduction

07:13 - HVCC’s Auto-Body Program: What it Offers and Where It Can Take You

15:41 - Who Can Benefit From the Program? Anybody!

19:28 - Evolving Car Technology: Keeping Up With the Times

25:49 - Student Success: An Uplifting Track Record!

30:39 - Hailstorms: A (Car) Roofer’s Best Friend

32:46 - A Golden Chance: Come in Early, Stay Longer, Work Smart, and Make a Mint!

36:15 - Work is What You Make of It!

38:05 - Enrollment: Easy Options Galore!

40:39 - How to Know if Auto-Body Would Be a Good Career Path For You

42:24 - How to Get in Touch and Closing Thoughts



  • Interviewers

    Michael Nelson & Derek Foster

  • Guest

    Matthew Perry

  • Runtime

    46 Minutes 16 Seconds

  • Air Date

    July 21st, 2022