Instructor Joseph Little, center, with automotive collision students
The Atlanta I-CAR committee awarded a $30,000 grant to the Atlanta Technical College collision repair program. This makeover grant was awarded in the form of vital supplies, tools, and equipment. Atlanta Tech Instructors Joseph Little and Cosell Locklin were responsible for identifying needs to maximize student benefit and effectiveness of the award.
The I-CAR award, along with federal funding, has helped to dramatically enhance the facility and curriculum delivery within the collision program. These awards combine to help faculty continue a 50-year tradition of providing the community with a capable and professional work force.
I-CAR provides the collision repair industry standards for training that contribute to complete, safe, and quality collision repairs. For more than two decades, this has included a role in educating tomorrow’s collision repair professionals by licensing curriculum to technical schools and colleges. Over 300 career and technical colleges across the United States offer collision repair programs based on I-CAR’s curriculum.
The automotive repair industry relies on I-CAR as an independent source for information on technical products and processes affecting the industry. In collaboration with manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and industry supporters, I-CAR has helped standardize the training and credentialing needs of an ever-changing sector of the automotive industry.
The Professional Development Program (PDP) provides a training path with three levels of mastery for the specialized roles in the collision repair process. Through PDP training, individuals can achieve and maintain Platinum recognition, while businesses can achieve and maintain Gold Class recognition. This long-standing training program has been extended to include a program for educators at vocational-technical colleges. (PDP-EE, Educators Edition.)
Nearly one in three career and technical schools offer the PDP-EE curriculum the industry standard for collision repair training. Students receive the very same training that employed professionals receive, and they graduate with Platinum credentials in two PDP roles with additional roles available. The program also includes extensive support for educators and the career and technical schools themselves.