First Apprentice Graduates from Fix Network's Auto Glass Training Program

The Fix Network Apprenticeship Program is the first automotive glass apprenticeship in the U.S., currently operating in four Western states.

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The Fix Network Apprenticeship Program (FNAP) announced its first graduate, Gabriel Duran, along with its approval by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council.

FNAP, offered by Fix Network, offers an effective and efficient pathway to certification in auto glass repair and replacement services. The program functioned provisionally in Washington State and Oregon since October 2022, and received full approval in January. It is also operational in Colorado and Montana, with plans for further expansion.

FNAP is the first automotive glass apprenticeship in the U.S. Duran learned of this opportunity through TC Futures, a nonprofit organization focused on transforming the futures of youth and young adults through access to equitable and holistic services.

“I was living couch to couch, trying to finish my GED, when I connected with TC Futures to find a trade opportunity,” said Duran. “They introduced me to this opportunity with Speedy Glass USA, which perfectly fits my interest in working with cars and trucks. Thanks to the training and support provided through FNAP, I am now a certified auto glass technician, and I’m confident I have a bright future in this industry.”

“Gabe is one of the hardest workers we’ve ever had at Speedy Glass Kennewick, and that’s high praise when you consider the strength of our current team,” said Jennifer Curbow, performance compliance and implementation manager of Speedy Glass. “We’ve enjoyed watching him learn and grow and are pleased to celebrate his graduation from the apprenticeship. We look forward to what his position at Speedy Glass Kennewick holds for him.”

“Before joining the apprenticeship program, I became a dad,” said Duran. “This was big for me, and I wanted to make sure I could provide for my family. Skilled trades, such as auto glass repair and replacement, allow you to not only support yourself and your family but also to support the community you call home. The opportunities for growth and advancement are motivating.”

FNAP contributes to the local economy by training skilled technicians capable of meeting the growing demand in the auto glass industry. Apprentices undergo a minimum of 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training, supplemented by classroom sessions, online learning and participation in industry conferences.

The comprehensive curriculum covers everything from windshield repair to ADAS calibration, ensuring graduates like Duran are well-prepared to meet industry standards and pass the certified technician standardized test by the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC).

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