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Friday, 07 February 2014 01:17

Ulster BOCES in NY Gets I-CAR and GEICO $5K Grant Via Collision Education Foundation

Students in the Ulster BOCES Career & Technical Center’s Auto Collision Technology program in New Paltz, NY, got an early holiday surprise. Thanks to a successful collaboration between administrators, instructors, and students, the program received an I-Car Collision Repair Education Foundation grant worth $5,000. The grant was funded by the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation and provided funding for the purchase of much-needed new tools and equipment for the program.

Among the purchases was a seven-drawer rolling metal cabinet and five-drawer top chest, all filled with items that the students can use in their hands-on auto collision shop, including an 11-piece metric flare nut wrench set, an eight-piece standard flare nut wrench set, a punch set, a portable pressure blaster, and much more. “This grant allowed our program to spend our shrinking budget on program improvements, and not to have to spend it on replacing or repairing old tools and equipment,” said instructor Dave Rosenberg.

“As school districts, including Ulster BOCES, trim budgets, we need to find alternative ways to assure that our students have the proper tools and equipment to gain the skills they need to excel in their field. This grant will provide a huge boost to the Automotive Collision Technology program and its students,” says Ulster BOCES Grant Coordinator Bonnie Meadow.

Kingston High School student Eric Stinemire, who will be continuing his education in auto collision repair at Hudson Valley Community College, appreciates all of the work that went into getting the grant. “Now we know we have tools that work, and we can get the job done.”

The Automotive Collision Technology program is dedicated to providing technologically advanced collision repair training and certification through state-of-the-art curricula and hands-on training that educates students in three primary areas: collision repair, automotive refinishing technology, and damage estimating and management.

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