July 2015 Education People & Places

COLORADO

Robyn Wood, a student studying collision repair at Aims Community College in Greeley, was one of 35 students nationwide who won the 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division and the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s (CREF) 2015 Hire Our Heroes award. The award honors current or former members of the military who are studying collision repair. Each winning student had the opportunity to select $3,000 worth of tools to help them in their education and for employment after graduation. “Our nation’s military veterans deserve every opportunity to get a great start in our industry,” said Dale Ross, U.S. marketing operations manager at 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division.  “We are happy to continue to give back to those who have served in our military through the 3M Hire our Heroes program, and wish them all great success in their future careers.”

The Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) of the Auto Care Association will host a summer regional meet-up event at the Grand Hyatt Denver on Aug. 14, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. The event, hosted by the Car Care Council Women’s Board, will feature networking, education, and professional development opportunities.

MIDWEST

3M Automotive Aftermarket Division and the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) are proud to announce the winners of this year’s 3M Hire Our Heroes awards.  The winners include students that are currently studying collision repair, and who have served or are currently serving in the military. Each winning student had the opportunity to select $3,000 worth of tools to help them in their education and for employment after graduation. The following are winners in the Midwest region: Joseph Gates – Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, Iowa; Derrick Palmer – Southeastern Community College, West Burlington, Iowa; John Newman – Washburn Institute of Technology, Topeka, Kan.; and James Wood – Manhattan Area Technical College, Manhattan, Kan.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Science and technology go hand in hand with high performance, and Sonoma Raceway continues to do its part to help develop the next-generation of engineers and scientists through its youth education initiative for the 2015 race season. The raceway’s goal is to provide real-world experiences and programs to educate students about the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as they relate to motor-sports events and business. For the second consecutive year, Sonoma Raceway partnered with Kid Scoop News and Friedman’s Home Improvement on a gravity-powered car challenge at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event.  Ten North Bay schools took part in the program, which challenges students to develop and construct a gravity-powered car, test the effects of different factors and race them down a sloped track. In just its second year, participation in the program increased from three to 10 schools, which will engage more than 300 3-5th grade students this year

RIVER VALLEY

The AASP-MO 34th annual EXCEL Trade Show and Training Conference will be Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18-19, at the St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, and is open to the industry. It will feature a trade show on Friday, 4-10 p.m., a management class, Friday, 3-6:15 p.m., and additional classes, Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, contact Ron Reiling at 636-949-5990 or aaspmo@aol.com.

 

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