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Collision Repair Student Among Honored Scholars

A $5,000 scholarship has been awarded to a collision repair technology major at Pennsylvania College of Technology, one of only six students selected in the third year of the national competition.

John S. Ellis III, of Morrisdale, was among those to receive a CCC Michael Salvatore Memorial Student Repair Technician Scholarship, which honors a longtime member of the CCC team. Administered by the I-CAR Education Foundation and CCC Information Services Inc., the scholarships were initiated to address the collision repair industry’s need for qualified technicians.

“We are honored again that one of our students was selected and that we are one of the few institutions to be chosen,” said Colin W. Williamson, Penn College’s dean of transportation technology. “We are very proud of our student accomplishments.”

A 2007 study by the U.S. Department of Labor indicates that the employment of automotive body repairers is expected to increase 12 percent nationally over the next eight years. In addition, more than 11 percent of the employed collision-repair workforce is leaving the industry each year. Insurance-appraiser employment, another prominent career opportunity requiring a similar educational background, is projected to grow by 13 percent over the next eight years.

“It is an honor for us to recognize these students and their achievements,” said Jim Dickens, general manager of the CCC Automotive Services Group. “The hard work and dedication in their respective programs is reflected in their course work and only stands to benefit the collision-repair industry as they enter the workforce.”

Participating schools were selected based on criteria that include ASE certification, curriculum and geographic location. Others are Bridgerland Applied Technology College, Logan, Utah; Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, Wis.; Nashville Auto-Diesel College, Nashville, Tenn.; and Universal Technical Institute, Houston.

“This year’s winners are a talented and capable group of collision technicians,” said Scott Kruger, executive director of the I-CAR Education Foundation. “Congratulations to them and ‘thank you’ to CCC for providing this opportunity to make collision education available and affordable.”

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