Ottawa, Ontario -- October 10, 2013 -- The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) provides fresh insights into the way youth across Canada perceive the skilled trades in its latest report, Apprenticeship Analysis: Youth Perceptions of Careers in the Skilled Trades.
Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- October 8, 2013 -- I-CAR has announced the appointment of Todd Chizmar of Chrysler Group LLC to its International Board of Directors as a Board Member.
Toronto, Ontario -- October 7, 2013 -- Media Matters, Inc., is pleased to announce that Fanshawe College in London, Ont., has joined the ranks of training providers listing their courses on TrainingMatters.ca, the collision repair industry's training portal.
By Mike Davey
Toronto, Ontario -- October 7, 2013 -- There’s money on the table for repairers willing to pick it up by hiring new people. New funding initiatives have just been announced by AYCE Employment Services and Collision Industry Information Assistance (CIIA) that allow employers to access as much as $17,800 in incentives.
Mississauga, Ontario -- September 23, 2013 -- Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes 2013 fourth quarter training sessions provides collision repair industry professionals advanced knowledge in their field. Courses will be available from October through December, 2013.
Bedford, Texas -- September 9, 2013 -- The Automotive Management Institute (AMI) and the Automotive Service Association (ASA) have jointly announced that Shellie Andrews, operations manager for Dana’s Collision Center ~ CSN, Fredericton, N.B. is the recipient of this year’s Richard Cossette/Gale Westerlund Memorial Scholarship.
Andrews has worked in the collision industry for more than 23 years and is currently completing the necessary requirements to earn the Institute’s Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation. When not working in the shop, she contributes her time to various community and industry organizations, including the Women's Industry Network (WIN).
Richard Cossette owned Lehman’s Garage in Minneapolis, Minn., and was a charter founder of AMI and a $50,000 Charter Counselor contributor to AMI’s resource development effort EXCEL. He was the first chairman of EXCEL and was a recipient of AMI’s Annual Recognition Award in 1994. He was awarded an honorary Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation in 1997 to further recognize his commitment and dedication to AMI. He also held numerous leadership positions on the ASA board of directors and was active in several industry organizations until his death in 2002.
Westerlund owned and operated Gale’s Auto Center in Blaine Minn., and was a $25,000 Guarantor contributor to EXCEL. He earned the Institute's AAM designation in 1993, and also served on the ASA board of directors for many years. He was an active member of ASA and other collision industry organizations until his death in 2005.
As the scholarship recipient, Andrews receives $1,000 to help cover expenses to attend educational sessions and view the latest repair technologies and equipment during the 2013 International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE), Oct. 16 to18, in Las Vegas, Nev.
“I am honoured and grateful to receive this scholarship. The opportunity to continue seeking knowledge and experience in the industry enables me to become a stronger, better manager,” says Andrews.
AMI was established to answer the demand for continuing education tailored specifically for the business needs of the automotive service industry. The Institute offers the Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation, the first business management accreditation exclusively for the automotive service professional. To date, AMI programs have attracted more than 225,000 enrollments throughout North America. AMI is a not-for-profit educational foundation to which tax-deductible contributions can be made.
For more information about the Institute, its curriculum, or EXCEL, please visit AMI online at amionline.org.
Edmonton, Alberta -- September 2, 2013 -- The I-CAR Canada National Training Event will take place on September 28, 2013 at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Main Campus in Edmonton. The event will include two feature courses and the opportunity to network with other collision repair professionals.
The courses presented are of high importance for progressive repairers: Best Practices for High Strength Steel Repairs and Vehicle Technology and Trends 2013.
The event will feature two guest speakers. Stefano Liessi is a full time autobody instructor at a local Edmonton high school and is in the process of updating the curriculum and facilities. His goal is to introduce the students to 3-dimensional measuring and the multiple substrates in today’s automobiles. Liessi has broad experience in the collision repair industry, including custom painting and restorations, heavy collision, and proprietorship. He also hasextensive experience in the insurance industry as a field appraiser and supervisor.
Tom Parnell began instructing I-CAR courses in 2011 and has presented a number of courses in southern Alberta over the last two years. Parnell’s career in the collision industry began as an independent appraiser servicing the southern Alberta Region before being hired by the Economical Insurance Group based out of its Calgary office. He subsequently progressed out of the insurance side of the business into an operational role with a large collision franchise and later moved on to managing a single location within that franchise. In May 2013, Parnell joined Axalta Coating Systems as the Business Development Representative for Alberta.
When asked about his time as an I-CAR instructor, Parnell said “I am excited to have had the opportunity to provide progressive shop management and repair facility staff with these fantastic I-CAR courses. I find that the material on vehicle and collision technology in combination with best practices is very valuable and can be quite the ‘eye opener’ to some of the students. Both vehicles and repair technology are evolving extremely fast and it is great to see that the people in the industry are eager to stay ahead of the curve.”
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