Recycled Rides Marathon Repair Weekend
The Washburn Tech Recycled Rides spring marathon repair
weekend begins at 5 p.m. Friday, April 27 and continues through Saturday,
April 28. If needed, repair time will be extended through Sunday. Washburn
Tech students, under the supervision of technicians from area auto repair
shops, will be making repairs to the two spring 2012 Recycled Rides vehicles, a
2007 Dodge Grand Caravan donated to Washburn Tech Recycled Rides by State Farm
Insurance and a 1999 Ford Escort donated by an area resident.
Over 10 area firms are donating parts, supplies, or providing technicians and
other assistance to help guide Washburn Tech students in making the necessary
vehicle repairs. Lewis Collision Center, Briggs Auto Group, Car Quest, Kansas
Automotive, Hogan Muffler & Brake, Paint Innovations, Sherwin Williams, 3M,
LKQ, Brown’s Super Service, College Body Shop, Heartland Park Topeka, and
several State Farm Insurance agents are all assisting.
The Recycled Rides repair marathon is being held in conjunction with the
Discover Washburn Tech Open House this weekend. The general public is invited
to campus on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to observe our students
working on the two vehicles which will be donated in mid-May to two area
individuals or families in need. The first spring 2012 Recycled Rides vehicle
will be donated on Friday, May 11 at 10:00 a.m. at Washburn Tech while the
second vehicle will be donated a week later, May 18 at Heartland Park Topeka.
Washburn Tech is the first educational institution in the nation to be a Recycled
Rides training facility. The program is a community awareness project whereby
members of NABC repair and donate recycled vehicles to families in need.
Washburn Tech’s mission is to deliver innovative educational and training
opportunities for individuals to strengthen the communities we serve. The
Washburn Tech Auto Collision and Auto Service Technician programs have provided
these opportunities for over 40 years.
Washburn Tech offers 24 technical programs, most of which are about 48 credits
in length, in one of five divisions – Construction, Health Care,
Transportation, Human Services, and Technology. In addition, short-term
continuing education and custom courses are offered. To inquire about technical
programs or future courses please contact Washburn Tech at (785) 273-7140 or
visit our website www.washburntech.edu
The National Auto Body Council is a not-for-profit organization committed to
the goal of improving the image of all dedicated professionals in the collision
repair industry. NABC headquarters are located in Mechanicsville, Va. For
more information on the Recycled Rides program, call (804) 427-6982 or visit
Jonathan Wimer, Washburn Tech, Coordinator of Continuing Ed &
Marketing, (785) 228-6390
Eric Showalter, Instructor, Washburn Tech Auto Collision Program, (785) 228-6446