Ottawa, Ontario — Algonquin College School of Advanced Technology received a donation of $50,000 in equipment from Consolidated Dealers to support autobody and collision damage repair apprentices.
Consolidated Dealers’ Ottawa office and warehouse location has been a longtime supporter of the Autobody and Collision Damage Repair apprenticeship program with donations of tools, equipment and consumable items annually.
This most recent donation included a UV light curing system for fillers, primers and paints along with a nitrogen-on-demand generator to supply heated nitrogen for spray paint application.
The donation was spearheaded by Chris Denny, refinish and technical specialist with Consolidated Dealers. Denny delivered the equipment to the Ottawa location commenting that “it is a great honor to continue supporting the auto body program at Algonquin College. We at Consolidated Dealers truly understand that the industry’s growth and success are directly tied to the level of education an apprentice receives and the equipment available for training. Working together with Wade Foster and Algonquin College we’ve been able to contribute current and updated tools and equipment for apprenticeship training that meet and exceed industry standards and provide a great experience for the up-and-coming technicians”.
The donation was then received by Wade Foster, auto body and Collision Damage Repair apprenticeship program coordinator.
“The continued support from Chris and the team at Consolidated Dealers is invaluable in ensuring our apprentices have the opportunity to use tools and equipment that keep them current with industry trends,” said Wade. “This donation shows Consolidated Dealers’ passion and commitment to the future of the collision repair industry,” Foster said.
Houman Hanachi, Chair of Algonquin College’s Mechanical and Transportation Technology department, acknowledged the donation. “Thanks to Consolidated Dealers, our auto body program received a generous donation of a nitrogen generator air supply system and a UV light curing system that will support our students with the modern tools to master the art of auto body collision repair and painting,” said Houman.