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Educator Think Tank panelists offer advice, strategies for engaging the technicians of tomorrow

     Overland Park, Kan.—The best of today’s automotive technology programs blend new approaches to recruiting and educating students, and rely on the active involvement of advisory committees and local shop owners.

That was the main takeaway from discussions at the all-day ASA-Midwest Vision Educator Think Tank on March 7, at the Overland Park Convention Center   

The challenge of engaging students enrolled in automotive technology programs was a major focus of the day’s discussions.   

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 14:50
COLORADO Volkswagen of America held its parts consultant competition finals last fall in Dallas, recognizing the top 20 individuals in the U.S.  The top two finishers hail from Colorado. Josh Brown of Tynan’s Volkswagen in Aurora earned first place, while Chris “Mac”...
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 14:35
Denver—Offering personally tailored automotive services is the order of business at Autotailor, located in both Denver and Greeley. The Denver location at 1701 High St. has been in operation since 1993 and the Greeley location at 1011 16th St. is enjoying the third year in operation, said...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Golden, Colo.—A standardized, consistent approach for selling service in a repair shop can go a long way to building customer relationships, properly maintaining their vehicles and raising profits, said ASA-CO Symposium speaker Ben Dexter, who recently presented a six-hour training session on...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Centennial, Colo.—The collision repair industry is witnessing unprecedented consolidation, as MSOs are proliferating and meeting the demands of insurance carriers to reduce cycle time, raise KPIs and offer single-points of contact for operational efficiencies and increased profits. It was a...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Aurora, Colo.—The only employer Jason Gilchrist has ever had is Precision Auto Body.  However, while working for his parents, Scott and Janet, he said he’s held many “jobs,” starting out as a teenager in parts, eventually leading up to his current role as owner. ...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Denver—The student-teacher role was reversed when scores of automotive instructors gathered at Lincoln College of Technology to network and get up to speed on the latest tools, equipment, software, and teaching aids for their classrooms. The Colorado Automotive Teachers Society’s (CATS...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Denver—When Model T Fords were rolling down the streets of Denver, the Jacobs family was there to service them. Today, Rob Jacobs and his brother, Joe Jacobs III, operate Jacobs Service Center, a NAPA AutoCare Center, continuing the family business their grandfather, Joe Jacobs, and father,...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Golden, Colo.—Nothing erodes confidence in leadership more than tolerance of bad employee behavior, Bill Haas said during the luncheon keynote at the recent ASA-CO Symposium. Haas, owner of Haas Performance Consulting, delivered the keynote to an audience of shop owners and industry personnel...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Denver—It was a full house at the recent 2014 Colorado Auto Recyclers (CAR) Annual Meeting at the PPA Event Center in Denver, Jan. 18, which featured Norman Wright, CAR treasurer, as master of ceremonies, and various speakers and guests such as Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) President...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Commerce City, Colo.—George Gibson is a firm believer that there is strength in numbers.  That is why Gibson chose to align his independent collision repair shop with Kansas-based Carstar 9 years ago, switching the name from Supreme Auto Body to Supreme Carstar. “Being...
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