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Thursday, 19 December 2013 19:01

TSTC Students and Staff Celebrate Collision Technology Grant From Education Foundation

Representatives of the Collision Repair Education Foundation Board were recognized recently at Texas State Technical College by instructors and students of the Auto Collision Technology Program for a recent $50,000 grant gifted to the program. The gathering was dubbed a celebration of the grant, which will contribute to the success of the program and improve a student’s learning experience. Program chair Jose Vargas, a 30-plus year veteran of TSTC, said the grant has enabled the program and the students to remain competitive in the rapidly changing industry.


“If it wasn’t for this grant, we wouldn’t be able to stay on the leading edge of technology as we’re known to be,” Vargas said. “Our program has always been regarded to be on the cutting edge of technology when it comes to training our students. And we’re only able to do so with help from grants like these.”

Vargas had to apply for the grant and beat out several other programs to get the sizable and coveted gift. With the grant money, Vargas had an existing painting booth upgraded to accommodate jobs using water-based paint. The move was made in part to keep up with industry and keep on track with TSTC’s commitment to be more environmentally friendly. Once the changes were made to the paint booth, DuPont came in and donated another $30,000 in paint and equipment to the Auto Collision Program.

“We’re very appreciative of all the help we get,” auto collision student Ashley Castillo said. “Knowledge of all these new programs and technology gives us a competitive edge when looking for a job after graduation.”

Collision Repair Education Foundation Board Executive Director Clark Plucinski said the selection process for the grant was highly competitive. To learn more about the Auto Collision Technology Program go to:

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