Refinish Distributors Alliance (RDA), the largest national group of refinish jobbers dedicated to providing quality services and products to their collision shops, announced it awarded scholarships to two of the best and brightest career and technical students in the nation at the SkillsUSA Championships held June 22-26 in Louisville, Ky.
Robert McKenzie Jr., executive director of RDA, was there to personally congratulate and present the winners with their scholarships. Benjamin Falconer, Aims Community College-Windsor, Greeley, Colo., took gold in High School Automotive Refinishing Technology and Luke Sabey, Warren Occupational Tech Center, Lakewood, Colo., took gold in High School Collision Repair Technology.
One of the biggest challenges facing the collision repair industry is the shortage of qualified entry-level technicians. The future success for the collision repair industry relies on the ability to find and cultivate young technical talent. RDA believes it is critical to support programs and organizations like SkillsUSA that develop an appreciation for the trade.
Those interested in joining RDA/IMPACT can contact Robert McKenzie, Jr., at (731) 217-9081 or [email protected].