I-CAR Founders award
I-CAR announced that Bill Vocasek, a current I-CAR Instructor, Weld Test Administrator, Lincoln Nebraska Committee Chairperson and an instructor at Southeast Community College in the Auto Collision Repair Program, he was honored with the Founder’s Award for his dedication and service to I-CAR at the recent 2019 I-CAR Volunteer & Instructor Conference held in Orlando, Fla.
Vocasek serves on the I-CAR Education Industry Segment Advisory Council since 2016. Vocasek said it is an honor to serve with some of the best minds in the industry who regularly who take time out of their schedule to review and advise I-CAR about what needs to be taught to ensure that students are trained to a level expected by the industry and ultimately meet I-CAR’s vision that every person in the collision repair industry has the information, knowledge and skills required to perform complete, safe and quality repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer,”.
Vocasek is currently Instructor/Program Director for Southeast Community College in Auto Collision Repair Technology, John Deere Tech, and Deere Construction & Forestry Equipment Tech Programs. He has been a collision shop owner for over 42 years and has been teaching classes for I-CAR for more than 30 years. Prior to working for Southeast Community College, he worked ten years for Meginnis Ford and three years with Lewis Service Center a Mack Truck franchise.
Vocasek has been involved with I-CAR for many years as an instructor and volunteer. He holds I-CAR Platinum Class status in Estimating, Auto Physical Damage Appraiser, Non-Structural Technician, Steel Structural Technician, Aluminum Structural Technician, Electrical/Mechanical Technician, Production Management, Refinish Technician, and Education. He is also I-CAR Welder Certified in Steel, Structural Steel, Mig Brazing, and Aluminum. Vocasek stated that he truly enjoys working with students both young and old. He enjoys seeing the light come on when students get it (understanding)!! He also enjoys traveling and visiting collision repair schools and facilities to see what they are doing and see how we can better prepare his students for the real work situations lastly he enjoys going out and visiting with his graduates and seeing them being successful at not only work but also in life. He is a graduate of the Auto Collision Repair and Automotive programs at Southeast Community College in Milford Nebraska.