Friday, 29 July 2022 12:44

SCRS Announces KECO Donation to Schools in Montana, Illinois


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In April, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announced a collaboration with KECO Body Repair Products to gift a tool and training package to one collision industry educational institution per quarter.

Schools are nominated by SCRS affiliate associations, who were encouraged to nominate schools in their market delivering valuable programs for their members through an online submission process and selected by KECO. The recipient schools will be awarded the KECO Level 2 Glue Pull Repair System + On-Location Training.


The objective of the program was to help give back to the industry and connect schools and future technicians with associations and collision repair centers. The on-location training, which would take place at the selected schools, would also be open to association members as well as space permits.
During the July SCRS Open Board Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, Chris White, president of KECO, said he was astounded by the caliber of submissions made by the affiliate associations, and elected to award the prize package to two schools for this quarter, one in a major metro market and another in a smaller, more rural market.

The first recipient, nominated by Julie Lombardo, executive director for the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Illinois (AASP-I), was College of Lake County-Grayslake Campus (CLC) automotive collision repair program.


The second recipient, nominated by Mariah Litton, executive director for the Montana Collision Repair Association (MCRA), was City College, MSU Billings, collision repair and refinishing technology program.


CLC’s first collision repair course was delivered in the fall of 1977, “Auto Body Repair 1," under the Auto Body Repair (ABR) program. In the fall of 2008, the program was turned into a two-year associate degree program, with four specialty certificates, and at that time Octavio Cavazos was hired as the first full-time instructor to lead the program.


By 2010, the ABR program course offerings expanded to include the delivery of both day and night course schedules, and in 2013, the program shifted to Automotive Collision Repair Technology (ACR) with an entirely updated course line up. The ACR program curriculum includes...

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