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May 2012 News Releases

Washburn Tech to give Recycled Rides vehicle to family

Washburn Tech is pleased to announce the next Washburn Tech Recycled Rides vehicle will be awarded this Friday, May 18 to an area resident at 9:00 a.m. in the Auto Collision Program facility, Building “K”, in the northeast part of the Washburn Tech campus. Washburn Tech is the first educational institution in the nation to be a Recycled Rides training facility. This nationwide program is a community awareness project whereby members of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) repair and donate recycled vehicles to individuals and families in need.

More than 20 firms and individuals have stepped up to the plate to help in the effort, donating parts, supplies, making a financial contribution, or providing technicians to help guide Washburn Tech students in making the necessary repairs to the second Washburn Tech Recycled Rides vehicle, a 1999 Ford Escort donated by an area resident and the third vehicle, a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan donated to Washburn Tech Recycled Rides by State Farm Insurance.

“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 and are certainly looking forward to the award ceremony.”

Firms including American Family Insurance, Briggs Auto, Briggs Dodge, Brown’s Super Service, Car Quest, College Body Shop, Custom Neon, Dent Masters, Ed Bozarth, Heartland Park Topeka, Hogan Muffler & Brake, Kansas Automotive, Laird Noller Collision Center-Lawrence, Lewis Collision Center, LKQ, Motor Sports Legends, Paint Innovations, PT’s Coffee, Sherwin Williams, State Farm Insurance Company and agents, Stillwell CarStar, 3M, Tony Fryes Automotive, Topeka Mustang Club, and Yinglings have assisted with the two vehicles this spring.

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. For more information on the Recycled Rides program, call (804) 427-6982 or visit

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 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

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Jonathan Wimer, Washburn Tech, coordinator of continuing education and marketing, (785) 228-6390

Eric Showalter, instructor, auto collision repair program, (785) 228-6446