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February 2013 News Releases

Recycled Rides Applications and Nominations Being Accepted

Washburn Tech is planning to give away two recycled rides vehicles this spring to area residents without transportation of their own.  A non-profit committee of the Community Resources Council, United Way, and Topeka Community Foundation is now accepting applications and nominations of recipients for the spring 2013 Recycled Rides vehicles.  Applications are available Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Friday, February 8th from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Washburn Tech office, 5724 Southwest Huntoon Street in Topeka.  The deadline for applications to be returned to the non-profit committee, in care of Washburn Tech, is noon, Friday, February 15, 2013.

Applicants must meet a number of qualifications in order to be considered for one of the vehicles including having employment or a verifiable job offer, possessing a current drivers’ license, and be insurable with no DWI’s or DUI’s on their driving record.  Applicants must not have any other vehicle in their household in working order that belongs to them.  A complete list of qualifications is available in the application/nomination packet.

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.  Through the Recycled Rides program Washburn Tech gave away three vehicles to three area individuals and families in 2011-12.

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, on-line, 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


Jonathan Wimer, Washburn Tech, Coord. of Continuing Ed & Marketing, 785.228.639,  

Nancy Johnson, Executive Director, Community Resources Council, 785.233.1365