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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 16:23

Collision Repair Student Receives 2000th WATDA Scholarship

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Collision repair student Brendan Franch received a $4,000 scholarship, Snap-on toolkit and spray gun, thanks to the generosity of industry associations and vendors. Pictured (left to right): Kara S. Nania of the Foundation of WATDA, scholarship recipient Brendan Franch, Tom Hoppe of Body Shop Supply, Mark Behrens from Snap-on Corporation, and WACTAL’s Sue Peterson. Collision repair student Brendan Franch received a $4,000 scholarship, Snap-on toolkit and spray gun, thanks to the generosity of industry associations and vendors. Pictured (left to right): Kara S. Nania of the Foundation of WATDA, scholarship recipient Brendan Franch, Tom Hoppe of Body Shop Supply, Mark Behrens from Snap-on Corporation, and WACTAL’s Sue Peterson. WACTAL

The Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Dealers Association (WATDA) has been awarding scholarships to help address the automotive and collision repair industry shortage since 1991, and this summer, the group awarded its 2000th scholarship to collision repair student Brendan Franch, in partnership with the Wisconsin Auto Collision Technicians Association Ltd (WACTAL).

 

Franch received a $4,000 scholarship provided by the two organizations as well as a Snap-on tool set and box, and a $1,400 spray gun. Franch’s toolkit was provided by Snap-on Industrial, and the spray gun was jointly donated by Body Shop Supply, SATA and BC Marketing.

 

Franch graduated from James Madison Memorial High School in spring 2019 and will attend Madison College in Madison, WI, this fall as he pursues a career in the collision repair industry. In a press release, WATDA stated, “When selecting our 2000th recipient, we wanted someone that embodied all aspects of the Foundation of WATDA. A well-rounded student that was a youth apprentice, participated in SkillsUSA, and could represent our industry. Three students were identified, and when the ranking results came in, 3/10 of a point separated them.”

 

Miles Tokheim, Franch’s high school collision repair instructor, also received scholarships from the Foundation of WATDA in 1996 and 1999 when he was pursuing his education, and along with Franch’s parents, he was present when the student received his scholarship. Tokheim stated, “The success of The Foundation of WATDA and its professional development programs that have been offered to me through SkillsUSA and the summer development team Wisconsin training, prove that the Foundation of WATDA is bringing highly qualified, highly skilled technicians to the state of Wisconsin - a proven success model that can be hopefully duplicated throughout the country.”

 

For more information on the Foundation of WATDA, visit watda.org/Foundation, and for more information on WACTAL, visit wactal.com.