At Ingram State Technical College, each “live work” project is a teaching/learning opportunity. All work is done by students under the direct supervision of classroom instructors for the purpose of applying or enhancing learned skills.
Ingram shops are classrooms, not businesses. While projects completed by students take longer than those done in for-profit business settings, the end result is a high quality, low cost item created by an individual who takes pride in a job well done.
Who qualifies for “live work”?
To qualify for a “live work” project you must be a:
- public employee/official (active or retired)
- student currently enrolled in an Alabama two-year college
- charitable organization supported by donations, or a
- tax-supported program or institution
What do I need to know about payment?
“Live work” charges are based on the cost of materials used. A service charge is applied to offset wear on equipment and the cost of processing payments.
All “live work” projects must be paid in full before the property can be released.
What types of “live work” services are available?
Auto Body Repair: from scratch and dent repair to a custom paint job or total frame-off restoration, auto body students can enhance your vehicle’s appearance.
Auto Mechanics: students have access to tools and technology required to diagnose and repair most vehicles. Services include oil change, brakes, alignment, standard maintenance and engine overhaul.
Cabinetmaking/Furniture Refinishing: students in this program restore existing pieces and create custom cabinets for residential and commercial use as well as a full line of fine furniture.
Carpentry: students in this program build and repair existing pieces and create custom cabinets for residential use.
Upholstery: upholstery students can update the look of a family heirloom, personalize a vehicle, or extend the life of a favorite chair or sofa. Restoration, repair and customization are all available.
Welding: fire up a new barbeque grill, enhance your property value with an iron gate, or add a decorative element to your yard or patio with made-to-order items.