The TN College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Shelbyville Collision Repair Technology instructor, Eric Brown, recently had the opportunity to attend the NACE Automechanika held at the world center Atlanta, Ga.
NACE hosts an annual event for industry training, product display, and the latest products.
Included in the event, a car show was held on the event floor and sponsored by the Collision Repair Education Foundation, I-CAR, which is known by industry leaders for training in the collision field. Providing 90 percent of all proceeds collected to schools, the Collision Repair Education Foundation helps support collision programs at high schools and technical colleges all over the country; they offer makeover grants, scholarships, tool grant for veterans, and a host of other programs. Much of their success is through volunteers.
Brown displayed his 1951 black Ford F1 pickup to help promote the collision repair field. At the conclusion of the car show, the 1951 Ford F1 brought home the People’s Choice Award.
“We were so proud to have Eric represent our college and the collision repair program and to so many partner industries for their help in supporting ongoing education in the collision repair field,” said TCAT Shelbyville President Laura Monks.
Brown was provided an opportunity to speak to groups of local high school seniors in order to spark interest in technical college as a pathway to a very rewarding career. Many of the approximately 700 students who attended the event had never seen a classic car.
“It was a great opportunity to share the collision repair career opportunities for those students on a technical career path after high school,” said Brown, who extended his appreciation to the Collision Repair Education Foundation for their continued support of the TCAT-Shelbyville collision repair program.
“Their assistance has helped get our program to tier one status, which means we are one of the top training facilities in the country to teach late model collision repair,” added Brown.