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Thursday, 13 December 2018 21:22

PPG, Mike's Auto Body Host CA Prisons' Auto Body & Paint Instructors

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Michael Valdez, director of career and technical education at the CDCR Office of Correctional Education, talked to auto body and paint instructors during a one-day meeting at Mike's Auto Body. Michael Valdez, director of career and technical education at the CDCR Office of Correctional Education, talked to auto body and paint instructors during a one-day meeting at Mike's Auto Body.

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On Dec. 5, PPG Automotive Refinish and Mike's Auto Body welcomed instructors from the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (CDCR) for a full-day event.

 

The day included presentations from vendors, tours of Mike's Auto Body’s Antioch, CA, facility and its Auto Damage Assessment Center and Training Center (ADAC), as well as product demonstrations by its training program director, Lupe Algood, and a "get to know" session with CDCR's superintendent, Shannon Swain.

 

The CDCR is operated in conjunction with the Division of Rehabilitative Programs within the Office of Correctional Education (OCE), an organization that offers 317 various academic and educational programs at 35 of California's adult state prisons. The goal of OCE is to provide offenders with needed education and career training as part of a broader effort to increase public safety and reduce recidivism. Fifteen of its programs involve training inmates on how to become metal technicians and painters so that they can attain careers in the collision repair industry after they have been released.

 

All adult schools in the CDCR prisons are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) to ensure the highest level of education. There is currently a wide range of different auto body and paint programs available that are 6--18 months in length. When completed successfully, graduates receive industry-recognized certifications.

 

Rob Hengemihle, regional manager for PPG, and Dane Dearlove, marketing manager for Mike's Auto Body, coordinated the event. There were 15-plus CDCR auto body and paint instructors and administrators in attendance.

 

Dearlove kicked off the day with an opening statement.

 

"Our common denominator is training students to work in the collision industry and helping them build successful, lifelong careers," he said. "We can't make it in this business by ourselves, so partnerships are essential, and that's why today is so mutually beneficial for all of us."

 

After training the CDCR instructors on painting techniques at the PPG Training Center in Concord, CA, earlier in the week, Hengemihle saw the importance of the meeting.


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