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GCIA Donates $2,000 to Maxwell High School of Technology Collision Program

The Georgia Collision Industry Association (GCIA) presented a $2000 check to Maxwell High School to help it purchase equipment and supplies for its collision repair training program. The donation was made on behalf of Gene Hamilton (a GCIA Founding member) from the golf tournament honoring his service in the industry on Wednesday, October 2nd at the Trophy Club of Atlanta in Alpharetta, Ga.

Instructors receiving the check are Butch Luther and Sam Melaragno

Instructors receiving the check are Butch Luther (left in coat) and Sam Melaragno. Presenting the check is Michelle Coombs, owner Sports & Imports Collision and Gregg Goff, GCIA Board Member.

Presenting the check is Michelle Coombs, owner Sports & Imports Collision and Gregg Goff, GCIA Board Member.

Sponsors of the event included:

Gold Sponsor

AKZO Nobel
NAPA
Axalta
PPG
BASF
Single Source

Bronze Sponsor

3M
ACS
LKQ

In addition, the association had over 15 hole sign sponsors for the event.  Many thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors.

About Maxwell High School of Technology

These guys are doing some great work for our industry by recruiting future technicians for Collision Repair. They currently have about 48 students including both AM and PM classes each day. They have state of the art equipment and train on the most current techniques in collision repair.

They are unsung heroes and GCIA is proud to partner with them to help make the future brighter in the collision industry where the average age of technician is over 50 years of age. If we do not look to support people and programs like this now and in the future, we will be faced with a severe shortage of qualified technicians to properly repair vehicles in our shops in Georgia.

Instructors Butch and Sam follow the I-CAR education curriculum and even train and administer the I-CAR welding test to students as they prepare them to enter the workforce in apprenticeship programs with several partnering collision repair centers. GCIA has agreed to make a commitment to take an active role in helping potential collision repair students and parents understand that the collision repair industry is a great and respectable career path that will engage and challenge students to improve their skill sets in an ever evolving technology based industry.

Maxwell High School of Technology
990 McElvaney Lane
Lawrenceville, GA. 30044
(770)338-4602

Website: http://www.maxwellhigh.com/programs.html

 

Collision Repairers Invited to Sponsor Uniforms for Students Through CREF

The Collision Repair Education Foundation and Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) are working together to invite SCRS member businesses to help provide their local high school and college-level collision students with a professional appearance by sponsoring Cintas technician shirt and pant work uniforms for this upcoming fall school year. The objective is to connect associations and collision repair businesses across the country with their local collision school programs. The more engaged the local industry is with the school, the better prepared the collision students will be to enter the industry after graduation, and have an appreciation for the role the local industry played in their personal success.

Ideally, sponsors would be identified and uniforms ordered before the end of September so they would be available for the fall semester.

SCRS members can sponsor a package of 20 work uniform sets for $1,000, which includes a pair of Cintas work pants and technician shirts. The sponsoring member business will have the company’s logo prominently featured on the front chest of the shirt, along with a Collision Repair Education Foundation patch. SCRS will be featured on the back of the shirt, making the connection to students at an early age of the value of industry involvement. Industry members interested in learning more about this sponsorship opportunity, identifying their local collision school programs, or have questions, should contact Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or phone 847.463.5244.

Collision Repair Education Foundation Announces Second Round of Awards

From CollisionWeek News


The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced the second and final round of collision student scholarships and tool grant winners for the $300,000+ in opportunities facilitated through the Collision Repair Education Foundation this spring.

Alcoa Foundation

The Alcoa Foundation aluminum repair training grants were funded by a $40,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation. The selected instructor and student pairs will attend aluminum repair technical training at the I-CAR Tech Centre in Appleton, WI this summer.

The 2013 Alcoa Foundation aluminum repair training grant recipients include (student & instructor):

Borislav Bojanov & Jim Hicks – Lake Washington Institute of Tech. (Kirkland, WA)
David Marstall & Eric Showalter – Washburn Tech (Topeka, KS)
Greg Knuuttila & Gregory Brink – Kishwaukee Community College (Malta, IL)
Jack Haramut & Cliff Styles – Greenville Technical College (Greenville, SC)
Joshua Hagle & Tom Phillips – Hennepin Technical College (Brooklyn Park, MN)
Jovanny Jimenez & Clint Campbell – Texas State Technical College (Waco, TX)
Justin Furman & Scott Malnar – Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor, MI)
Kenneth Powell & Kenneth McMillian – Kennedy King College (Chicago, IL)
Logan Salisbury & Alvie D. Smith – Butler Community College (El Dorado, KS)
Mason Tanley & Jay Winters – South Central College (North Mankato, MN)
Nina Hunter & Justin Tate – Weber State University (Ogden, UT)
Ricardo Castro & Dan Norton – Walla Walla Community College (Kennewick, WA)
Robin Issak & Mark Millbauer – Green River Community College (Auburn, WA)
Sean Brons & Steven Youngs – Northwest Iowa Community College (Sheldon, IA)
Tessa Brammer & Robert Benning – Laramie Cty Community Coll (Cheyenne, WY)
Trevor Walmer & Tim Hoege – Madison College (Madison, WI)
Trevor Multhaup & Bruce Graffunder – Dunwoody College of Tech (Minneapolis, MN)

“Automotive OEMs have used aluminum to improve the performance, safety and fuel efficiency of their vehicles for nearly 100 years and today it is the second-most used material to make cars,” said Randall Scheps, global director of automotive for Alcoa. “Repairing aluminum is just like repairing other materials and this great program from the Collision Repair Education Foundation should help people in the industry see firsthand that it’s actually very doable. We just need to educate people.”

Sterling Autobody

Sterling Autobody has awarded $27,000 in collision student scholarships and tool grants through the Foundation. This support will provide the students with both the financial assistance to complete their technical education and provide the necessary tools for the students to be capable and efficient members of the collision industry upon graduation

The student winners of the 2013 spring Sterling Autobody include:

Oscar Casas-Barajas – Cypress College (Cypress, CA)
Award: $2,500 scholarship and $3,000 tool grant

Adalberto Cardenas – Kennedy King College (Chicago, IL)
Award: $2,500 scholarship and $3,000 tool grant

Tommy Love – Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES (Spencerport, NY)
Award: $2,500 scholarship and $3,000 tool grant

Jose Zavala – Central County Occupational Center (San Jose, CA)
Award: $2,500 scholarship and $3,000 tool grant

Keith Totten – Lake Tech Center (Eustis, FL)
Award: $2,000 scholarship

Amanda Johnson – Weber State University (Ogden, UT)
Award: $1,000 scholarship

Shawn Durante – Lake Tech Center (Eustis, FL)
Award: $1,000 scholarship

Sterling Autobody Centers President Nick Notte noted, “Sterling supports the direction of the Collision Repair Education Foundation, funding the education and tools needed to develop our next generation of collision repairers. I challenge all of my colleagues in our inter-industry community, to become involved with the Foundation to create your next group of employees, customers and those who will lead when we are gone”.

ABRA Auto Body & Glass

ABRA Auto Body & Glass awarded eight collision students each with $2,000 in tools through a spring tool grant opportunity with the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The tool grant was made available to select high school seniors and post-secondary students studying in collision repair programs. The winning students were able to select $2,000 (retail value) in tools and equipment from the NATEF tool list.

The student winners of the 2013 ABRA Auto Body & Glass spring tool grant include:

James Gross – Warren Tech (Lakewood, CO)
Mike Thompson – Laramie Community College (Cheyenne, CO)
Tessa Brammer – Laramie Community College (Cheyenne, WY)
Nina Hunter – Weber State University (Ogden, UT)
Jessie Jensen – Bridgerland Applied Technology College (Logan, UT)
Rodney Dean – Lincoln College of Technology (Indianapolis, IN)
Huey Lewis – Dunwoody College of Technology (Minneapolis, MN)
Joshua Hausman – Lincoln College of Technology (Nashville, TN)

“We are extremely thrilled and proud to be partnering with the Collision Repair Education Foundation and supporting such a worthwhile cause,” says Michelle DeMarais, National Recruiting Manager for ABRA. “Awarding grants to these eight students is a tremendous opportunity to help them further their educational aspirations in the collision repair field.”

Chicago Pneumatic

Chicago Pneumatic has supported secondary and post-secondary collision students by providing a student tool grant through the Foundation. Ten collision students were selected from 480 applications and each winning student will receive a Chicago Pneumatic air tool kit which includes an impact wrench, air hammer, die grinder, reversible air drill, and an air sander. Each tool grant for the students is valued at over $1,100.

The student winners of the 2013 spring Chicago Pneumatic grant include:

Secondary
Brian Stade – Applied Technology Center (Rock Hill, SC)
Shelby Williams – Applied Technology Center (Rock Hill, SC)
Vince Struve – Carrigan Career Center (Wichita Falls, TX)
Cristian Mojarro – Southeast Career Technical Academy (Las Vegas, NV)
Adam White – Sikeston High School (Sikeston, MO)

Post-Secondary
Tyler Perkins – Northwest Wisconsin Technology College (Green Bay, WI)
Tessa Brammer – Laramie County Community College (Cheyenne, WY)
Erik Torres – Texas State Technical College (Harlingen, TX)
Tyler Hardin – OSU Institute of Technology (Okmulgee, OK)
Jonathan Thigpin – Rolla Technical Institute (Rolla, MO)

“Chicago Pneumatic is proud to sponsor the Collision Repair Education Foundation through its student tool grant program,” said Marvin Spehar, Marketing Communications Manager Chicago Pneumatic Tools. “It’s important that this emerging talent has the tools needed to enter the workforce ready to begin their careers.”

Atlanta I-CAR Volunteer Committee

The Atlanta I-CAR Volunteer Committee awarded a $9,000 student scholarship to James Perez of Maxwell High School of Technology (Lawrenceville, GA) through the Collision Repair Education Foundation this spring. This scholarship will assist Perez with education costs to continue his technical education study of collision repair. Funding for this scholarship was made possible through the committee hosting annual golf and car show fundraiser events.

“We are very pleased that we could help another student in Atlanta join our industry,” says Gerry Poirier Chairman of the Atlanta I-CAR Volunteer Committee.

I-CAR Southeast Regional Manager German Meija noted, “The Atlanta I-CAR Volunteer Committee is a group of over 40 volunteers in various aspect of the collision industry. From shop managers, owners, insurance claims, and supply venders. I am very proud of our committee in Atlanta. They give so much because they truly care about collision repair.”

Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode noted, “I would like to congratulate the Atlanta I-CAR Volunteer Committee on their incredible job to come together as group and help raise funds and support for their local collision school programs and students. Through car shows, golf fundraisers, and other events, this local committee has been able to raise over $75,000 that goes toward supporting the technical education of their local collision students.”

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes

Winners of the Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes collision student tool grants have been selected and each will receive a primer pack valued at $350 each. The tool grants were available to secondary and post-secondary collision students.

The 2013 Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes primer pack tool grant recipients include:

Secondary
Erick Escobar – Norwalk High School (Norwalk, CA)
Brian Stade – Applied Technology Center (Rock Hill, SC)
Monica Reyes-Zapata – Maxwell High School of Technology (Lawrenceville, GA)
Shelby Williams – Applied Technology Center (Rock Hill, SC)

Post-Secondary
Tyler Perkins – Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (Green Bay, WI)
Tessa Brammer – Laramie County Community College (Cheyenne, WY)
Erik Torres – Texas State Technical College (Harlingen, TX)
Tyler Hardin – OSU Institute of Technology (Okmulgee, OK)
Daniel Mora – Cerritos College (Norwalk, CA)
Kathryn Carter – El Camino College (Torrance, CA)
Andrea Yager – Clackamas Community College (Oregon City, OR)
Kevin Young – Cape Fear Community College (Wilmington, NC)

I-CAR Northwest Region

The I-CAR Northwest Region has awarded two $1000 collision student scholarships through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. Collision students from Washington were eligible to receive these scholarships. Funding for these scholarships was made possible through the local I-CAR volunteer committee hosting fundraising events.

The 2013 I-CAR Northeast Region collision student scholarship winners include:

Thomas Bernhofer – Lake Washington Institute of Technology (Kirkland, WA)
Zoe Gorow – Lake Washington Institute of Technology (Kirkland, WA)

I-CAR Northeast Regional Manager Bob Mickey noted, “I want to offer a very special thanks to all of the sponsors and players that participated helping us make this first annual golf fundraiser a success. This year we will again be at the Redmond Ridge Golf Club, Cole Creek, WA. Please mark your calendars for Sept 18. The industry will soon receive the latest update of the ‘Industry Snapshot’, a joint effort between the Collision Repair Education Foundation and I CAR. The survey results will show demographics that will be affecting everyone. This will only reinforce our needs to be proactive in every endeavor to assist and increase the flow of new technicians into our industry.”

Inter-industry organizations and individuals who are interested in supporting the Education Foundation and increasing the amount of assistance provided to collision schools and students should contact Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or 847-463-5244.

Collision Repair Education Foundation to Distribute 1,000 Tech Shirts to Students This Spring

Through the sponsorship of Bar’s Products, CARSTAR, Cintas, Ford Motor Company, I-CAR, PPG Automotive Refinish and Sterling Auto Body, 1,000 Cintas collision student technician uniforms will be distributed to secondary and post-secondary collision students through the Collision Repair Education Foundation this spring.

The student technician shirt project also helped raise $10,000 for the foundation’s Collision Repair Education Campaign fund, which helps provide student scholarships, school grants and the foundation’s Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant.

These technician uniforms will be distributed to students who applied for the Education Foundation’s spring scholarship/tool grant opportunities and to all auto body and refinishing students competing at the national SkillsUSA event in Kansas City this June.

“What started off as a fun project back in 2009 has grown into a life changing program that provides collision students with a sense of pride, professionalism and belonging,” said Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode. “To date, the Education Foundation has provided nearly 10,000 Cintas technician uniforms to collision students nationwide through the support of industry sponsors. Instructors share stories with us that these uniforms provide their collision students with a new level of respect around school, and other school departments are jealous of the support that the collision program receives. On behalf of the foundation staff and the students who we are able to provide these uniforms to, thank you to the sponsors of our spring 2013 technician shirts and we look forward to distributing even more in the coming years.”

The Collision Repair Education Foundation will be providing another run of 1,000 technician uniforms this fall, which will be provided to students attending NACE, SEMA and 2013 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover applicant schools.

More information:

Companies interested in sponsoring the fall uniforms should contact Brandon Eckenrode.

Collision Repair Education Foundation