April 2012 News Releases

Area firms support Recycled Rides effort to provide transportation

Washburn Tech, a member of the National Auto Body Council (NABC), is readying the next contribution to a nationwide vehicle donation program called Recycled Rides. The program is a community awareness project whereby members of NABC repair and donate recycled vehicles to families in need.

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, and several State Farm Insurance agents are all helping by donating parts, supplies, or providing technicians and other assistance this spring to help guide Washburn Tech students in making the necessary vehicle repairs.

“We could not have gotten this far on the project without the help of students, staff, and our vendors” says Eric Showalter, Auto Collision instructor. We’re proud of all of them.”

Washburn Tech students, under the supervision of instructors and technicians from area auto service shops, will be making repairs on April 28 to the second and third Washburn Tech 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.

Michael Annis, Washburn Tech Auto Collision Program student, states “I think it’s important to give back to the community. The time and effort students put into repairing this vehicle is next to nothing when you think about the impact the result will make on someone’s life. I’m happy to be a part of this.”

Washburn Tech is the first educational institution in the nation to be a Recycled Rides training facility.

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.

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, Virginia.

Washburn Tech offers 25 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.

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Jonathan Wimer, Washburn Tech, Coordinator of Continuing Education & Marketing, (785) 228.6390

Eric Showalter, Instructor, Washburn Tech Auto Collision Program, (785) 228.6446