The Washington County Career Center’s Auto Collision program recently was awarded with the 2016 Ultimate Auto Collision Grant through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The goal of the “Ultimate Collision Education Makeover” grant is to honor schools that have been doing an outstanding job in educating students in collision repair, but are in need of some financial assistance to improve their program teaching materials and equipment. With strained school budgets, this is a wonderful opportunity to bridge the program financial gap and to make a difference in the lives of the students studying collision repair.
The Career Center applied for the grant with the possibility of a $50,000 award. The end result was the grant being split up amongst multiple educational facilities with the Career Center receiving $1,000 to purchase needed tools for the Auto Collision program. The tools purchased were: four folding steel sawhorses, a 25-gallon trash can with folding lid, a radiator pressure test kit, and a 36” plastic masking paper dispenser. The Auto Collision program also received free items throughout the school year for participating in the grant such as work shirts for the students, sand paper, and sealant. The Career Center is in the process of submission for the 2017 Ultimate Auto Collision Grant.
STANDING (L-R): Mrs. Kaye Spiker, High School Assistant Director; Mr. Mike Elliott, High School Director; Auto Collision students: Garrett Feick, Zane McGowan, Andrew Schmidt, Zachary Schilling, Isiaha Best, and Kaylee McKitrick; Mr. Gary Ruble, Auto Collision Instructor; Mr. Joe Crone, Treasurer; and Dr. Dennis Blatt, Superintendent
SITTING (L-R): Auto Collision students, Taylor Snider and Sable Shields