The Connecticut Collision Repair Specialists (CCRS) recently hosted its first golf outing to raise money for Connecticut vocational students majoring in auto body repair.
Thanks to the 90 golfers who participated in the outing, CCRS will award scholarships to vocational students majoring in auto body repair who are top performers in their class. The awards are to be used specifically to attain I-CAR credits.
“Based on our discussion with many of the local schools, students are coming up short with funds to attain I-CAR certification. Many may attend a class, but walk away with no credits, due to lack of funds for the class. We decided we need to help these students receive additional training, above and beyond the school curriculum. Additionally, upon graduation, if a student has I-CAR credits when they apply for a job, they are more likely to be hired,” said Lisa Siembab, CCRS executive director.
CCRS is committed to continuous education and training within the collision repair industry. Most of the member shops within CCRS have earned the I-CAR Gold Class Professionals status or have technicians who have earned Platinum Status, which is recognized as one of the highest training certifications for businesses in the collision industry.
Angelo Campanella, CCRS immediate past chairman, states, “It is crucial for today’s student to have access to the latest training and equipment that our industry provides. They must understand that this training is ultimately for the safety of the consumer."
Campanella is a leading I-CAR instructor for the Northeast Region, as well as co-founder of CCRS.
CCRS says it wishes to thank everyone for their participation and for taking the time to give back to the industry.
“Today’s students are the future of our industry and it’s up to us to make sure that we all have a part in making sure they are properly trained,” said Siembab.