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James Stafford, Automotive Technology Instructor


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Kankakee Area Career Center delightfully welcomed James Stafford as the instructor for Automotive Technology in August 2015.  Since then, Mr. Stafford has fit right in and provided students with a well-balanced mix of traditional automotive curriculum and a good amount of hands-on experience to solidify what they learn in class.


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Mr. Stafford became interested in automobiles at a very young age.  Originally, from Decatur, Illinois, Mr. Stafford and his family relocated to Milford.  Mr. Stafford graduated from Milford High School before going on to study at Parkland College.  Oh, and yes, he made the Dean’s List.

Mr. Stafford has 15 years of automotive technology experience. His expertise as a technician is evident.  His skills are much broader than maintenance and repair.  He has developed expertise in a variety of areas, from auto parts, sales, management, inventory control, store relocation, and outside sales. 


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In the repair industry, Mr. Stafford worked for two of the best aftermarket repair shops in Iroquois County.   From there, he worked at a local dealership obtaining an ASE and Ford Certifications electrical,  steering, suspension, air conditioning,  noise vibration harshness,  engine repair, engine drivability,  brakes, manual transmission, and 4-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive systems.  At the dealership level, Mr. Stafford excelled and became the leader in training new technicians. 

On a personal note, Mr. Stafford is married and has one son.  He is a member of a local car club and attends car shows on a regular basis.

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PO Box 570Bourbonnais, IL 60914

815-939-4971Fax: 815-939-7598

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