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Posted 3/9/2011

By Levy Joffrion

June 6-12 To Be Auto Pros Week

June 6-12 To Be Auto Pros WeekThe National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has declared June 6-12 as National Automotive Service Professionals Week.

This year marks the sixth anniversary of National Automotive Service Professionals Week, created 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.

NATEF Receives Record Donation

National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) has announced a significant donation of digital multimeters from Amprobe in Everett, Wash.

"Due to the outstanding generosity of Amprobe, we are able to provide several Amprobe DMN7C Digital Multimeters for use in every NATEF program nationwide," said Bill Kersten, NATEF president. "This corporate donation of electrical testing equipment, with a retail value in excess of $500,000, is the largest in the history of NATEF and represents a significant commitment by our corporate partners that NATEF is able to carry out its mission of developing the qualified entry-level technicians of today and tomorrow."

Donations Benefit Schools, Students

The Collision Repair Education FoundationThe Collision Repair Education Foundation is thanking the industry for providing $1.1 million in support to collision schools, instructors and students in 2010.

Through monetary and product donations, donors helped to provide student scholarships, student tool grants, school equipment and supply grants, the second annual "Ultimate Collision Education Makeover" school grant, and much more.

Among donors is the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE).

The future for secondary and post-secondary collision students is brighter through the industry's active support and donations to the foundation, say foundation officials.

March 31 Deadline For Scholarships

Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS)Collision and mechanical students are urged to apply now through March 31 for 2011 scholarships to be awarded by the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS). All net proceeds from the event fund scholarships for students pursuing industry careers.

For more information on GAAS scholarships, go to www.automotivescholarships.com.

TTH Website Easy to Use

By now, you probably know ASA has a website - www.Taking TheHill.com - that zeros in on legislative and regulatory initiatives impacting the automotive service industry.

What you may not know is what all it offers and how easy it is to use. By using its capabilities, you can help yourself and your industry. You can make your voice heard. And you can make a difference.

Through www.TakingThe Hill.com, you can:

    • Find out ASA's positions on issues such as super warranties, right to repair and association health plans.

    • Shoot an e-mail or letter to your state or federal representatives.

    • Find sample pre-written letters. Letters are available on opposition to Right to Repair legislation, opposition to Super Warranties and repeal of the McCarran-Ferguson Act, among other issues. These letters only take a few minutes of your time, but they can make a great impact in Congress.

    • Get Legislative Alerts when issues come up on which you need to take action.

    • Keep track of your senators' and representatives' votes on important legislation.

All this, and more, is available through the website.

It's quick, it's easy and it represents just another benefit of belonging to ASA.

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