April 2015 Education People & Places


The Car Care Council Women’s Board (WB) raised more than $7,000 in its recent third annual silent auction during the 2015 Women’s Board Winter Leadership Conference, at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Fla. Items for the auction were donated by Women’s Board associate companies and auto care industry supporters, and all proceeds will go to the Women’s Board scholarship fund, allowing the WB to award a record number of scholarships in 2015.

Weld has renewed its sponsorship of the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge program. Weld has been a sponsor of the organization since 2013. Hot Rodders of Tomorrow is a nationwide high school engine building competition that challenges youth to pursue an automotive career. Regional competitions are held across the country where high school teams compete against the clock in a total engine rebuild. “Hot Rodders of Tomorrow provides youth in our industry with the chance to further their education through an exciting competition format,” said Norm Young, president CEO of WELD. “We are enthusiastic supporters of programs like this that encourage the youth of tomorrow to become a part of the automotive industry. Hot Rodders of Tomorrow is a fantastic organization that helps instill a passion for motorsports and the automotive industry in general.” Last year, Hot Rodders of Tomorrow reached over 770 high school students. During the past six years the organization has impact over 3,114 students. The 2015 season consists of 14 events that includes the Dual Championship at the SEMA Show and the PRI Tradeshow. For more information on Hot Rodders of Tomorrow, visit www.hotroddersoftomorrow.com or find them on Facebook.

Members of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) teamed up in 2014 to donate nearly $3 million in refurbished vehicles, positively changing the lives of 200 individuals and their families through the organization’s Recycled RidesTM program. Caliber Collision team members led the effort on the repairer side, volunteering personal time to refurbish 20 Recycled Rides vehicles. Service King, CARSTAR, ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Gerber Collision & Glass, the Van Tuyl Group and many more independent body shops all contributed to the success of the 2014 Recycled Rides effort. A future generation of collision repair professionals also had the opportunity to participate in community service projects through the Recycled Rides program while learning their craft at Washburn Institute of Technology, Manhattan Area Technical College, Western Nevada College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, and Technical College High School - Brandywine.


Rick Escalambre was presented the Educator of the Year award at the recent Hi-Tech Vision Conference in Kansas City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Arts from San Francisco State University and is a professor of Automotive Technology at Skyline College in San Bruno. In addition to teaching engine performance related subjects, he coordinates one of the largest automotive programs in California. Escalambre previously taught automotive at a local high school, managed a Chevron Service Station, and has owned and operated a general automotive repair business in Concord. For nine years he was the chairperson for the former Bureau of Automotive Repair Smog Check Education Advisory Committee.  Escalambre is a past president of the California Automotive Teachers (CAT) association, and is also a respected author and editor of books in the field of engine performance, emissions, and computer controls.

The Bureau of Automotive Repair, in conjunction with the Foundation for California Community Colleges, has launched a website for California smog professionals. The website includes a forum connecting instructors, students, smog techs, and shop owners; educational resources; a Q&A section; training information, requirements, and materials; and a career center. To browse the new site, go to www.californiaarc.org.

Edelbrock in Torrance will hold its 10th Annual Car Show, May 2, featuring the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge, where teams of high school students from all over Southern California race to tear down and rebuild an engine in a timed and judged competition. Edelbrock will also open the doors of its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility to the public for free shop tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Limited spots are available. Interested parties can register online at www.edelbrock.com/ carshow.

Edelbrock’s 10th Annual Car Show, May 2, will feature the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge.

Collision Repair Education Foundation and the 3M Hire Our Heroes program, have selected four students as recipients of $2,500 worth of tools. The grant winners, all military veterans, began their collision repair education at various colleges around the country starting in the summer or fall of 2014. The Northern California winner is Anthony Wrinkler, a student at UTI in Sacramento.

Standard Motor Products Inc. (SMP) announced it has selected the winner of its “Are You TechSmart?” scholarship search. Marcos Gutierrez of Oakland, enrolled in the Automotive Technology Program at Chabot College, will receive the $5,000 scholarship to use toward his education. Gutierrez was chosen from a field of student applicants from 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each applicant was judged on relevancy, creativity and thoughtfulness in regards to the automotive industry by TechSmart Technician John Filippone, master technician and owner of Piedmont Tire and Auto. “Based on his understanding of the importance of keeping in touch with emerging technologies,” Filippone said, “I think Mr. Gutierrez is the best candidate for the scholarship.” Phil Hutchens, vice president Engine Management Marketing, SMP, added, “With the ‘Are You TechSmart?’ scholarship search, we were looking for a student who embodies the characteristics of the TechSmart brand. In other words, someone who is passionate about technical advances, innovation and meeting the challenges of automotive technology.”


Classes are forming now for an Airbrush and Custom Paint course at Ranken Technical College in St. Louis. Held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., from March 16 through June 8, the course, taught by Mike Cisler of Hammerwerks, will cover custom painting, airbrushing, and the use of custom topcoats using House of Kolor paint. The cost is $850; for more information, contact Auto Collision Instructor Sean Crader at 314-286-4879 or scrader@ranken.edu


The Annual Metro Vo-Tech Assistance Program (MVTAP) Golf Tournament at Meramec Lakes Golf Course, St. Clair, will take place on June 17. All proceeds go to students in collision repair programs at North and South Tech Schools, Lewis & Clark Career Center and Ranken Technical College. Call 314-394-3564 or 636-629-0900


Shoreline Community College (SCC) announced that it will host a Bio-fuels Clean Energy Technology program, Aug. 17-21, at its Shoreline campus, hosted by the Automotive and Clean Technology programs at SCC. The hands-on academy training is provided through Career Education in Renewable Energy Technologies (CERET) and is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. It serves as a CERET Train the Trainer Academy for current high school and two-year college automotive, science, and technology instructors across the nation. Attendance is limited to 25 instructors and those selected will receive a travel stipend. For complete details and application forms, visit www.ceret.us. Applications are due by March 31.

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