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  News Briefs

Posted 01/08/2012

By Levy Joffrion

NABC Members Give Vehicles to Families

The lives of six Phoenix-area families changed Dec. 17 when the National Auto Body Council facilitated – through its “Recycled Rides” program – the gifting of refurbished vehicles to each. Presentation took place at Camelback Toyota, one of six area dealership centers affiliated with the Van Tuyl Group Inc.

Six local collision centers donated their labor to refurbish the vehicles: ABC Collision Center, Collision Center of Peoria, Bell Collision Center, Camelback Toyota Collision Center, Midway Collision Center and Van Collision Center.

AMI Has Awarded 2.5 Million Credits

The Automotive Management Institute recently marked a milestone: It has surpassed 2.5 million credits awarded since the program launched in the fall of 1989. The continuing education offered by the Institute helps automotive service professionals improve their business skills.

In addition to providing business management classes, the Institute offers the Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation, the industry’s first business education accreditation. AMI courses concentrate on five core areas of business management education: financial management, marketing and sales, operations and service, management and administration, and personnel and human resource development.

I-CAR Announces Aluminum Course

The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair’s (I-CAR) new, highly interactive live training course – Aluminum-Intensive Vehicle Repairs (AL101) – is available.

I-CAR says that with the ever-increasing use of high-strength materials in vehicle designs, all of which work differently, there is an even greater demand for aluminum repair training. For more information, visit I-CAR’s website:

May 31 Deadline To Apply for Grant

Instructors in collision school programs have until May 31 to apply for the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s 2013 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover $50,000 school grant.

Two $50,000 grants (one secondary, one post-secondary) will be awarded as well as several secondary prizes of $10,000.

The winning schools will be announced during SEMA 2013.

Melissa Marscin, director of the Foundation’s grant programs, said, “We encourage all collision school programs to apply for this grant because we distribute all of the applicant schools’ wish lists out to the industry. Over the four years of the Makeover grant, the non-winning applicant schools have received over $500,000 in donations due to the fact we know specifically what they are in need of through the information listed within their Makeover application.”

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ASRW Seeking Speakers, Experts

ASA’s team that oversees Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) is asking for presentation submissions from industry speakers and subject matter experts who wish to participate in the conference program at next year’s event. If you’d like to participate, hurry and apply, though, because the deadline for submitting presentations is Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Comprised of the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS), ASRW is scheduled for Oct. 17-19 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Submissions must be made using the online form, and content must fit into the management, technical or women’s professional development tracks and in the available time formats of either 90 minutes or three hours. Sessions will be scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 16, through Saturday, Oct. 19, and presenters should be able to speak on any day of the conference.

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