Thursday, 13 January 2022 20:48

2010 CREF Grant Winner Provides Update on Lasting Impact


...train our students on the most up-to-date industrial equipment. Being able to educate these future technicians on the most current and advanced equipment used in the industry helps them succeed in the collision industry after graduation.” 


Bridgerland has continued teaching I-CAR curriculum since receiving CREF's 2010 Makeover Grant, but the award also allowed the school to “develop great relationships with industry professionals, which has allowed us to host training from 3M, Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes and PPG, as well as CHIEF pulling and measuring classes. This would not have been possible before we received the grant from CREF.”


With the industry’s donations, Bridgerland’s student lab also received a refreshed coat of paint on the walls and a fresh epoxy floor coating by painting the shop and recoating the floors. The department’s appearance made an immediate impact on school staff, who appreciated the investment in the program, but more importantly, “the updated visual aspect of the shop made an impression on potential students when they explored our program,” Cornia said.


“We’ve had a tremendous response from students, and we currently have a waiting list for our auto collision program,” he continued. “The many layers of assistance and support we’ve received as a 2010 Makeover Grant winner has helped to boost our enrollment and placement. The lasting impact has been impressive, and Bridgerland students will continue to reap the benefits for years to come.”


While an updated appearance, along with modern tools and equipment, certainly helps to attract students to Bridgerland’s auto collision program, the industry’s involvement carries more weight than simply the surface value of the donated items---when local industry professionals invest time and energy into students by joining advisory committees and taking on apprentices, future technicians can...

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