Thursday, 23 August 2012 10:25

Ohio Collision Repair SkillsUSA Advisor Wins Trip to SEMA from SCRS

A SkillsUSA advisor, John Wilson of Ohio Hi-Point Career Center in Springfield, OH, won an all-expenses paid trip to SEMA, courtesy of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and the Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA).

As part of its mission to educate, inform and represent the collision repair professional, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) places  emphasis on supporting the career and technical education schools and advisors who work to shape the minds and skills of students who will enter into the trade. As part of that emphasis, SCRS worked with SkillsUSA during the recent national competition, held in Kansas City on June 23-27, to demonstrate the industry’s support and encouragement to not only the student competitors, but also to the schools and advisors who have put so much time into preparing these future industry members.

SCRS provided a Mega-Prize which was awarded as the headlining prize at the 100% Advisor Reception June 24. The highly sought-after prize package, donated by SCRS and SEMA, included an all-expenses paid trip for both the winning advisor and the student guest of their choice to attend the SEMA Show. The award includes two airline tickets, two hotel rooms, two passes to the SEMA Show, and two passes to the SCRS Repairer Driven Education series.

“SkillsUSA and career and technical education are about providing students with professional experiences,” said Tim Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. “This prize is an outstanding example of that kind of experience for both a student and an instructor. It’s also a motivator to have more students think of a career in collision repair. That’s good for the industry and the students. It just doesn’t get much better than this.”

“Supporting industry initiatives that develop a strongly-rooted interest in the collision repair and automotive field is an important part of our collaborative work with SCRS at the SEMA Show,” added Peter MacGillivray, VP, Events and Communications for SEMA. “We are glad to participate in this contribution, and honored that the advisors were so genuinely excited to come see the amazing collision repair environment that SCRS has developed with us. There are a world of opportunities in the industry for these students, and we are proud to know that they will be able to make all the contacts they need at the SEMA Show to develop a prosperous career in the industry!”

In addition to the Mega-Prize, all student competitors and sponsoring schools will receive a complimentary one-year membership to SCRS. The student competitors also were provided with t-shirts that were donated by SCRS and sponsored by PPG Automotive Refinish.

“This experience was extremely rewarding,” added Kye Yeung, SCRS National Director and first-time SkillsUSA volunteer. “The dedication from the student and advisor participants, and the volunteers, was very inspiring, and something that I will never forget. For repair facilities, who think there is a shortage of quality entry-level technicians in this industry, you need to make arrangements to be at the SkillsUSA competition in 2013.”