“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: