Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc. has donated $32,000 in collision repair training support for secondary and post-secondary collision instructors through the Collision Repair Education Foundation.
Toyota donated 25 vouchers for its collision repair and refinish training classes held at three training center locations around the country, valued at $400 each, and 10 Toyota Techstream Lite devices that include two-year Toyota TIS subscription certificates. These in-kind product donations will be offered to those instructors who have applied for the Education Foundation’s Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant in the past and will assist in providing up-to-date technical repair information.
“This donation will go a long way in support of collision repair and refinish training for schools, collision instructors and students,” said John Saia, technical and body training development manager for Toyota. “We can bring instructors up to date with our collision repair and refinish training program, and provide repair details and tools that equip collision instructors and students with state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, repair procedures and information. In the end, this direct support helps the entire collision repair industry and our customers.”
Added Robb Cowell, Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Instructor at Colonial High School in Orlando, Fla., “Much can be gained by instructors attending these training sessions, as I always tell my students about the Lexus refinishing process and how highly regarded the finish of their vehicles is held in the industry.”
“I would like to express my devoted thanks to Toyota for this opportunity,” said Robert Winfrey, Auto Body Technologies instructor at South Piedmont Community College in Polkton, North Carolina. “It’s not often that school instructors are able to attend this type of training and bring that technical knowledge back to the classroom for the benefit of the students.”