September 2015 Education People & Places


Motorcar Parts of America (MPA) is the exclusive sponsor of the 2015 CAWA Annual Dinner Meeting at Caesars, in Las Vegas, Nov. 1. All proceeds from the event go to CAWA’s scholarship program. CAWA thanks MPA and its president and CEO, Selwyn Joffe, for their support. Contact Rodney Pierini at or 800.332.2292, ext. 1, for more information.


A memorial scholarship has been established in the name of Thomas Coleman through the Collision Repair Education Foundation that will benefit Southern California area collision school programs and students. Coleman, who passed away this past November from ALS at the age of 47, was the co-founder, co-owner, and operator of LC Automotive Group, a six-center collision repair business located in Inland Empire. LC Automotive will be contributing $5,000 quarterly to this fund and collision industry members are invited to participate as well. “Tom was a great person, family man, friend, and business partner," Bill Lawrence, LC Auto co-founder, said. “We are proud to support CREF on behalf of Tom.” Industry members interested in supporting the memorial scholarship fund can contact Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode, at


CAWA has announced the recipients of its 2015 scholarship awards, which provided $11,500 in scholarships this year to thirteen individuals. “Once again, CAWA is proud to assist these young people in pursuing their careers in the auto care industry”, Rodney Pierini, CAWA president and CEO, said. Southern California recipients of the scholarships include: Jonathan Lee, San Bernardino Valley College; Jonathan Montes, Chaffey College; Justin Holmquist, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; Kianna Silva, The Mort Schwartz Award, Santa Barbara City College; Luis Cendejas Moreno, Bakersfield College; and Zachary Mueller, Cal Poly Pomona.



General Motors has donated a 2014 Cadillac CTS and a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze to the Arapahoe Community College Automotive Technology Program. “Many thanks to General Motors for its exceptional donation of a 2014 Cadillac CTS and a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze to our GM Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP),” said Jerry Viola, director of automotive technology at ACC.  “These vehicles provide cutting-edge technology for our students to train on. GM has been supporting our efforts at ACC for many years, and has been invaluable to the education of our students.”



The Ranken Technical College Fall Job Fair will be Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 9 - 11:30 a.m. Past Ranken graduates with experience, recent graduates, as well as current day and evening school students will be in attendance. The event is free of charge.  To register please call, email or register online at under “upcoming events.”


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