The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and the Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA) awarded a grand prize of a trip to SEMA’s fall show to a winning advisor at the 100% Advisor Reception on June 24. The prize package included an all expenses paid trip for both the winning advisor and the student guest of his or her choice to attend the SEMA Show; including two airline tickets, two hotel rooms, two passes into the SEMA Show this fall, and two passes to the SCRS Repairer Driven Education series. The winning advisor was John Wilson of Ohio Hi-Point Career Center in Springfield, Ohio.
"SkillsUSA and career and technical education are about providing students with professional experiences," said Tim Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. "This prize of a trip to the 2012 SEMA Show and SCRS Repairer Driven Education Program is an outstanding example of that kind of experience for both a student and an instructor. It’s also a motivator to have more students think of a career in collision repair."
"Supporting industry initiatives that develop a strongly rooted interest in the collision repair and automotive field is an important part of our collaborative work with SCRS at the SEMA Show," said Peter MacGillivray, vice president, events and communications for SEMA. "We are glad to participate in this contribution, and honored that the advisors were so genuinely excited to come see the amazing collision repair environment that SCRS has developed with us. There are a world of opportunities in the industry for these students, and we are proud to know that they will be able to make all the contacts they need at the SEMA Show to develop a prosperous career in the industry."
In addition to the prize, all student competitors and sponsoring schools will be receiving a complimentary one year membership to SCRS. The student competitors also were provided with T-shirts that were donated by SCRS and sponsored by PPG Automotive Refinish.
"This experience was extremely rewarding," said Kye Yeung, SCRS national director and first-time SkillsUSA volunteer. "The dedication from the student and advisor participants and the volunteers was very inspiring and something that I will never forget."