MATC auto program gets $50,000 award

By The Mercury

Manhattan Technical College’s collision repair program has been awarded a $50,000 “makeover” from the Collision Repair Education Foundation.

Rob Edleston, MATC president, announced receipt of the award Thursday. He said MATC will receive a $50,000 wish list of needed collision program tools, equipment, and supplies.

“I have no words to describe what an incredible feeling to hear your school’s name announced as the winner.” said Linn Schroll, MATC’s auto collision repair instructor. 

Edleston said students in the program “go through rigorous mental and hands-on curricula, much more in-depth than those who perceive these fields as simply “car painters,” or “someone who tinkers on engines” would dare imagine.”  He lauded Schroll’s work with the program, and said it would “be great if all of business and industry recognized the value of investing directly into their workforce supply chain like these and several of our other program partners do.”

The makeover will provide MATC with repainted classroom, shop/lab, and paint booth areas, and painting the floors with Epoxy paint.  One of the major parts of the request was a virtual painting system that will allow students to perfect their painting skills before they apply paint so that there will be less waste which will cut costs and it is also a green technology.  Another item on the wish list is to convert the paint system to a waterborne base coat. Additional tools are also included.

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