Breaking ground by fixing cars

By on May 27, 2011

Photo: Alley Domar of Maple Park turned an interest in vehicles as she was growing up into degrees in auto tech and auto body at Waubonsee Community College (WCC). She is the first female in WCC history to earn a auto body degree and the second to earn an auto tech degree. Courtesy Photo

Maple Park resident first female to earn auto body degree from WCC
by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Alley Domar of Maple Park didn’t know much about Waubonsee Community College’s automotive technology and automotive body repair programs, but chose to enroll in both programs simply because of her interest in vehicles while growing up.

At WCC’s annual commencement on May 19, Domar, 24, earned degrees in both fields and became the first female ever to earn an auto body degree from the community college, as well as the second female ever to earn an auto tech degree from WCC.

Gender milestones aside, Domar is proving that she has the talent to excel in the automotive field, as evidenced by even a short list of her accomplishments while at WCC: Dean’s List honors for Spring 2009, President’s List honors for Fall 2009 and Spring 2010, an automotive scholarship awarded Fall/Spring 2010, and membership to the National Technical Honors Society.

“When I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, working on vehicles was the only thing that I could see myself being happy doing,” Domar said. “Since I have been in both of the (automotive) programs, I have achieved quite a lot and have become an excellent student. The teachers in the automotive programs are great at what they do, and from not knowing much when I started the programs, I know a vast amount more now than I expected. I owe a great deal of thanks to my Automotive instructors for creating and upholding such great programs.”

Domar was also selected to participate in the SkillsUSA competition the last two years, and placed first in the Automotive Refinishing portion of the state competition this year. She’ll compete in the national competition in Kansas City, Mo. in June.

“Since Waubonsee’s Auto Body teacher, Andrew MacDonald, has been at the college, he has had students in the state SkillsUSA competition every year and has had a few go to nationals,” Domar said. “When he offered this opportunity to the class that I was in, I decided to give it a shot.”

In the state portion of the competition, Domar was asked to seal, color and clear a fender; featheredge and prime a plastic bumper piece; do two color tintings; mask a car as if it were to be painted; complete a written test and color match; write up an estimate that was over $4,000; and also do an interview.

“The SkillsUSA competition is a unique experience, and I had a lot of fun while doing it,” Domar said.

Domar currently works at Napa Auto Parts in Elburn. Her plans following graduation are to find a job in the automotive field and work for someone else. However, she said she hopes to one day open her own auto body shop that does everything from collision repairs to custom work and restorations.

“I would also like to own an auto repair shop, as well, for all maintenance on vehicles.”

Achieving those goals shouldn’t be problem for Domar. She’s excelled in all things automotive up to this point, so why stop now?