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Posted 2/11/2010

By Levy Joffrion

AMI, AVI Announce Scholarship Recipients

Diane Larson
Diane Larson
David Winge
David Winge

The Automotive Management Institute (AMI), in conjunction with Automotive Video Inc. (AVI), recently announced Diane Larson and David Winge as recipients of the AVI Education Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes automotive service professionals who have a strong desire to improve their management and technical skills.

Each recipient received $1,000 to be applied toward expenses to attend the AVI Training Conference in Fort Myers, Fla., Jan. 14-16.

Larson is owner and manager of John Larson's Service Inc. in Peabody, Mass. Winge is service manager for Webster Motor Company in Vidalia, Ga.

AVI offers automotive diagnostic and repair training programs for automotive repair professionals.

March 31 Deadline for GAAS Scholarships

March 31 is the deadline for students to apply for a Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) scholarship.

The Symposium's affiliation with other industry groups put students in consideration for scholarships from more than 10 organizations. Check online for the requirements of each group.

Preference for these scholarships is given to students entering the automotive aftermarket. In just over 10 years, the GAAS scholarship program has awarded more
than $1.4 million dollars to help start the careers of nearly 1,450 students.

For more information, visit

I-CAR Education Foundation Announces
2010 Scholarships

Four scholarship opportunities for collision students attending career and technical schools and colleges have been announced by the I-CAR Education Foundation.

But applicants need to hurry.

All entries must be received by the foundation by Feb. 24 to be eligible. Winners will be chosen in April and notified by mail and phone.

The scholarship opportunities available include:

    • I-CAR Education Foundation Student Scholarship.

    • AkzoNobel's The Most Influential Women of the Collision Repair Industry Scholarship.

    • CCC Michael Salvatore Memorial Student Repair Technician Scholarship.

    • The Long Baudoux Legacy Scholarship.

For more information, contact the I-CAR Education Foundation at (888) 722-3787.

First Annual S.T.A.R.S. Scheduled March 19-21

ASA-GA ASA-SCThe first annual Southern Tradeshow of Automotive Repair & Service (S.T.A.R.S.) provided by ASA-Georgia and ASA-South Carolina will be held March 19-21 in Greenville, S.C.

It will be filled with seminars conducted by the best instructors in the industry and will be a great networking opportunity, say the organizers.

For more information or to register, contact Neva Hollins, executive director of ASA-Georgia, at (706) 832-7242 or via e-mail at; or Shirley Gordon, executive director of ASA-South Carolina, at

iATN Celebrating 70,000th Member

iATNThe International Automotive Technicians' Network (iATN) set a new membership record in early January when it accepted its 70,000th active member.

iATN has members in 154 countries and collectively they share more than 1.5 million years of experience.

Automotive service professionals join iATN because of its technical resources and to participate in the camaraderie unique to this close-knit group.

AMI Goes Green with Attendance Certificates

In a move to go green, the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) Certificate of Completion now is accessible from the Institute's web site,, for students to download after successfully completing AMI-approved courses.

Certificates are located under the "Current Students" section of the AMI web site. Within the Current Students section, students should click on Transcripts/Student Profile. A Student ID and password are required to access this area. The Institute will no longer mail the Certificate of Completion to students.

"By moving certificates to an electronic format, we're being more environmentally responsible, plus we're giving students 24/7 access to their certificates once they complete AMI courses," said AMI Executive Director Toni Slaton, AAM.

Students also can use the AMI Web site to check their transcripts and progress toward the Institute's Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation, edit their student profile, view an online calendar, and take an online course or webinar.


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