Similarly, McNee noted that in addition to expanding its ongoing training offerings throughout the year, AASP/NJ’s recent donation to the John Theurer Cancer Center was one of the best things the association did in 2018.
Other associations looked to the future with plans for training the future generation of collision repairers. Women in Automotive and Collision (WAC) may be a newer association, but it has already made great strides in its outreach program, visiting local schools to encourage students to pursue an education in automotive and collision repair.
According to WAC Vice President Jess Crump, “Reaching the students in local programs was the most memorable thing we did. Being able to get a few of their stories, talking to them about the industry and their goals, and also getting feedback on how to best reach them is an integral part of making our mission work.”
ASA Northwest established its Independent Technicians Automotive Committee (ITAC), composed of association members who will participate in the ITAC apprenticeship program.
“This apprenticeship program process took many volunteers five years to get this far, mostly because it touches all aspects of our industry as well as our state’s education system,” ASA Northwest Executive Director/President Jeff Lovell explained. “We are excited to announce that the ASA Northwest/ITAC apprenticeship program standards were approved and registered on Oct.18, 2018 with the state of Washington L&I and Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC). We are in the process of finalizing our program documents and procedures with the intention of piloting the program in the next 12 months.”
ASA Northwest Chairman Butch Jobst added, “Getting the ASA Northwest/ITAC apprenticeship program registered with the state of Washington was on the top of my list, and we feel it will transform our industry in many ways.”