By Levy Joffrion
I-CAR Launches 14 New Courses
The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) has converted 14 I-CAR ProLevel 1 courses to an online delivery format, thus responding to the industry’s need for accessible, I-CAR Professional Development Program (PDP) training.
As 2012 comes to a close, many individuals and businesses are working diligently to meet ProLevel 1 training requirements to maintain or achieve their Gold Class or Platinum Individual designations, and now I-CAR has 14 additional solutions to meet their needs.
Through this new lineup of converted online courses, I-CAR is able to more effectively deliver the training needed for individual and business PDP training requirements.
For more information on the courses, visit www.i-car.com.
NASTF Launches Technician Outreach
At a press conference last month in New Orleans during the Automotive Service and Repair Week (ASRW), NASTF announced a technician outreach initiative with two components: First, the organization will plan to attend more events that attract technicians. Toward that end, NASTF announced its participation in the VISION Hi-Tech Training Expo in Kansas City next March. NASTF will also hold its spring general meeting and board meeting.
Second, NASTF hopes to connect more directly with the estimated 775,000 professional technicians in the United States to encourage them to register their interests at www.nastf.org. For more info, please contact Skip Potter, NASTF executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACDC Helps Foster Kids
November is National Adoption Month in the United States. Craig Van Batenburg, AAM, owner of Auto Career Development Center (ACDC), is a foster parent and wants to encourage more people to consider foster parenting to help the tens of thousands of children each year who need a home.
If you make a $20 donation or more to FAAT (Foster Adopted Abandoned Teenagers) CATS, ACDC will enter you into a drawing for a new HYB1000 HEV battery tester with printer and case. The tester retails for $2,500. Midtronics donated this tester and ACDC pays all costs to run FAAT CATS so 100 percent of donations helps kids find homes. The 501(c)(3) that ACDC uses to run FAAT CATS is Worcester Shines Inc. Make checks payable to “Worcester Shines;” contributions are tax deductible. For more info, visit www.FAATCATS.org.
Service King Buys 50th
Service King Collision Repair Centers, a Texas-based operator of collision repair facilities, has announced the purchase of its 50th location in Texas: Express Autobody, a collision repair center in Georgetown, Texas.
Fifteen of Service King’s shops are members of ASA.
Virginia Firm Adds Shop
Craftsman Auto Body – a third-generation, family-owned collision repairer with nine locations across Virginia – is celebrating the opening of a new 25,000-square-foot facility in Warrenton, Va.
Two of the firm’s locations – in Leesburg and Chantilly, Va. – are ASA members.
Registration Open For MACS Event
Registration is now open for “Be the Best of the Best” – the 33rd annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Training Event and Trade Show.
It will be held Feb. 7-9, 2013, at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
To view the complete program or register for the training event and trade show, visit www.macsw.org or call the MACS office at (215) 631-7020, ext. 0.
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