The St. Louis I-CAR Committee held its last meeting of the year on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Ranken Technical College’s Rodenheiser Automotive Building, Room R211.
During the meeting, the committee shared new I-CAR information, recapped their 2019 job fair, and set the schedule for next year’s meetings. According to Chair Shelly Jones, “It was a very productive meeting and a great way to end the year.”
The meeting began with a demonstration of I-CAR’s newly updated website and its Train to Gain website, facilitated by I-CAR’s John Helterbrand who also discussed upcoming classes and the types of classes that will be available in the live version.
Jones said, “We also talked about our goals as a committee. We are currently a silver committee, but we only have one goal to complete to become a gold I-CAR committee for 2020. Shawn Counts discussed Facebook page updates. Shawn was also our photographer at the job fair and did an excellent job of capturing the event; he has been loading pictures onto our Facebook page.”
The St. Louis I-CAR Committee recapped their 2019 Automotive and Collision Job Fair which was held on Sept. 27, and they also discussed the results of the survey they distributed to sponsors and instructors. According to Jones, “The results were very positive. 100% of the surveys indicated that the respondents plan on having a table again at next year’s job fair.”
Six schools will benefit from the proceeds of the 2019 job fair, receiving $2,802 each. The recipients are Nichols Career Center, South Technical High School, North Technical High School, Lewis and Clark Career Center, Lake Career & Technical Center, and Ranken Technical College. “While we had several more schools participate, only those that filled our Collision Repair Education Foundation’s (CREF) Makeover Grant were able to share in the proceeds,” Jones said.
The St. Louis I-CAR Committee will continue to be led by its current officers as they move into 2020. Jones will continue to serve as the committee’s chair next year, with Counts serving as vice chair of marketing and John Helterbrand filling the role of vice chair of training.