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Collision Repair Students Dominate Scholarship Competition


Three collision repair technology majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology are among only five students nationally to receive $5,000 scholarships in a fifth annual industry competition.

Nabil O. Assad, Philadelphia; Ian J. Hilner, Milton; and Isaac S. Hostetter, Lebanon, were awarded CCC Michael Salvatore Memorial Student Repair Technician Scholarships, initiated to address the collision repair industry’s need for qualified technicians. Presented by the Collision Repair Education Foundation and CCC Information Services, the scholarships honor a longtime member of the CCC team.

“CCC has been a steadfast partner for promoting the value of education in changing lives and in promoting the collision industry,” said Colin W. Williamson, dean of transportation technology at Penn College. “We are proud of our student accomplishments and the dedication CCC has shown in helping our best students realize their potential.”

Penn College’s collision repair technology offerings (an associate degree in collision repair technology and a certificate in collision repair technician) represent one of the oldest continuing automotive-repair programs and, in College Avenue Labs, one of the best-equipped laboratory facilities in the United States.

“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.”

Penn College is among only a handful of schools designated in 2005 by CCC Information Services Inc. to share in automotive collision-repair training and education scholarships to assist deserving students pursuing a career in the industry.

“This year’s recipients are more than an outstanding group of students that have reached academic success,” said Joseph Allen, CCC Automotive Services Group vice president. “They are unique individuals that all share a passion for the collision-repair industry. We’re fortunate to have technicians like them coming into the industry and are proud to support their efforts.”

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