“With the success of the tournament and the generosity of the winners, MVTAP will be able to at least match these amounts again for the 2018--2019 school year,” Slattery noted. “When people work together for all the right reasons, problems are solved and people get along much better. This type of event is proof of the commitment to and satisfaction in supporting the future of the collision industry.”
Reiling added, “An event like this shows what we as an industry can accomplish when we all work together; we are providing excellent opportunities to students interested in entering the collision industry as a profession.
“We have partnered with Gateway Motorsports Park, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the NHRA/ARMY Y.E.S./STEM programs to put on an excellent job fair track side. Over 1,400 students from area vocational tech schools from Missouri and Illinois attended last year’s NHRA Gateway Nationals drag races. In 2018, we are projecting 14 vocational tech schools to participate and having upwards of 1,500 students who will be interviewed by 30 to 35 partners who will be conducting interviews with them during the event.”