Pictured: Abdul Oketona (Charlotte, NC) a Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology student is learning
to repair plastic car bumpers with special adhesives and a nitrogen plastic welder.
Stanly Community College (SCC) is the recipient of a $3,000 Service King Grant Award through the Collision Repair Education Foundation--Ultimate Collision Education Makeover Grant Program. The Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology (CRRT) program at SCC prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, reconstruct and refinish vehicles both before and after a collision.
Melissa Marscin, Director of Operations/Administration, Collision Repair Education Foundation, explained, “Collision repair training programs are facing tremendous budgetary pressure. It is difficult for many to maintain their program at current capabilities, no less invest in increasing their abilities to satisfy the industry’s current and future workforce needs. The Makeover grant program is designed to help collision schools get the much-needed tools, equipment and supplies they could not get otherwise and increase their capabilities. For the third year in a row, every school that applied received some level of support through both grants and in-kind donations.”
Sean Huurman, Chief Human Resources Officer, Service King Collision Repair Centers, stated, “As a collision repair provider, it is important for us to support programs like this and give back to the community. We are grateful for Stanly Community College and the Collision Repair Education Foundation for their growing investment and commitment to building collision repair programs that ultimately lead to new job opportunities for the next generation of technicians and building the future of our industry.”
“On behalf of Stanly Community College, I would like to thank the Collision Repair Education Foundation and Service King Collision Repair Centers for their generous support of our program,” noted Billy Huneycutt, SCC Program Director, Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology. “Our success is attributed to the support our educational partners provide, and I am extremely grateful to have others believe and invest in our students.”
Graduates of the Collision Repair and Refinishing program at SCC are prepared to enter the workforce as entry-level technicians in the collision repair and refinishing industry; additionally they will be prepared to take industry thirdparty credentials, which correspond with program and industry standards. Students completing the CRRT program will have the opportunity to earn the following I-CAR certifications in I-CAR ProLevel 1/Non-Structural Technician and I-CAR ProLevel 1/Refinish Technician. The I-CAR Professional Development Program is an industry-recognized program for training collision repair professionals in essential role-relevant knowledge and skills.
According to EMSI data (www.economicmodeling.com), a collision repair and refinishing technician will earn a median hourly income of $24.42, and 2,494 jobs will be available in the region by 2023.
For more information about the Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology program at SCC, contact Billy Huneycutt, at 704-991-0248 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the College’s website at www.stanly.edu.