Two students enrolled in the Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology program at Stanly Community College (SCC) were recipients of the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s 2017 3M Hire Our Heroes Veteran Family Scholarships.
Tim Hefner, Sales Representative, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, Charlotte, NC, presented the awards to the students.
Andrew Foster was the recipient of the 3M Hire Our Heroes Veterans Family Scholarship in the amount of $2,500. Robert Richard received $2,000 from the 3M Hire Our Heroes Scholarship, plus another $4,500 from the 3M Hire Our Heroes Tool Grant.
"3M is proud to be partnered with the Collision Repair Education Foundation and provide these scholarships and tool grants to deserving students since 2013," said Dale Ross, US Marketing Operations Manager. "We hope this helps them complete their training and find rewarding careers in this great industry of ours."
Both students will use their scholarship funding for the I-CAR Professional Development Program, an industry recognized program for training collision repair professionals in essential role-relevant knowledge and skills.
According to EMSI data, collision repair and refinishing specialists can earn $22.64 an hour (medium hourly income) and 1,680 jobs will be available in the Charlotte region by 2020 (www.economicmodeling.com).
Pictured from left to right: Billy Huneycutt, SCC Program Head, Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology, Andrew Foster, Robert Richard, and Tim Hefner.