By Levy Joffrion
I-CAR Campaign to Assist Schools
The I-CAR Education Foundation has announced a new fundraising campaign asking business owners to contribute $100 per year to help area career and technical schools and colleges. The Foundation will allocate 85 percent of the funds raised to collision repair and refinish school programs in the regions where the funds originated.
The campaign was created to address the lack of entry-level technicians in the industry, as well as several issues identified by career and technical school and college instructors. Issues include the need for assistance with funding to use the I-CAR Live curriculum, assistance in providing students with I-CAR Live CDs, and assisting students with continuing education by offering scholarships.
For more information, contact the Education Foundation at (888) 722-3787 or visit www.ed-foundation.org.
NACE Online Housing Open
A word to the wise: International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE) 2007 online housing is open. You can save stress and money by making your travel plans for NACE 2007 today.
Travel Planners, the official NACE housing provider - which has just activated the online hotel reservation system - says that even if you're not sure how many rooms you'll need, it recommends booking an average or minimum number now. Travel Planners offers you the easiest, least-restrictive, no-fee way to get the best rates for accommodations.
For help with reservations or if you have questions, contact Travel Planners via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (800) 221-3531.
Service Professionals Week Starts June 11
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has declared June 11-17 as National Automotive Service Professionals Week.
Building on the success of Automotive Service Professionals Day begun in 2001, ASE established National Automotive Service Professional's Week in 2005 to honor the commitment and dedication of automotive, truck and collision technicians, along with parts specialists and other support professionals who serve the motoring public.
AVI Plans 2008 Conference in Florida
Automotive Video Inc. (AVI) - which provides automotive diagnostic and repair training programs - has scheduled its 2008 conference for Jan. 10-13 at the Pink Shell Conference Center in Fort Myers Beach, Fla.
AVI's programs focus on equipment-specific training, enhanced scanner and lab scope training, plus training on Mode $06, OBD-II, hybrids, EVAP, electrical, transmissions, fuel injections, and more. AVI's programs include DVDs and VHS tapes, manuals, and live seminars.
For more information, call Automotive Video at (800) 718-7246 or visit www.aviconference.com.
ACDC Hosts CARS Winner
Craig Van Batenburg, AAM, left, the owner of the Automotive Career Development Center (ACDC) in Worcester, Mass., poses with Albin Moore, who at the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) this past November won a free class called "Up Your Voltage!" Albin, from Big Wrench Garage in Dryden, Wash., was one of more than a dozen students who attended ACDC's training event March 15-19. Van Batenburg said following a blizzard Friday night, all of the students jumped in and scraped off the windshields and proceeded to learn, scan, drive and disassemble the ACDC hybrid fleet of Ford, Honda and Toyota vehicles.
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