PPG Industries Automotive Refinish representatives visited Corning Community College’s (CCC) Airport Corporate Park Auto Body facility in Big Flats, New York, to demonstrate PPG Envirobase High Performance waterborne coatings system on June 24. CCC is the only educational facility on the East Coast to have access to this technology.
In order to test and familiarize themselves with the waterborne system, Chris Blackwell, associate professor of Automotive Technology, and his students began work on a Ford Mustang drag car owned by Peterson Transport during the spring 2009 semester. The final work was unveiled at the June 24 event in the presence of more than 80 local auto body repair specialists.
Jim Kvatek, technical training instructor and facility manager of PPG Industries, has been working with Blackwell to introduce the students to waterborne technology by providing the necessary equipment, supplies and training free-of-charge.
Corning Community College rolled out its two programs of study in Auto Body and Collision Repair in May 2008. Students can obtain either an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or an Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) degree in Auto Body and Collision Repair from the college.