BATC wins collision repair grant, new equipment

The collision repair course at Bridgerland Applied Technology College (BATC) has recently gotten a face lift with a donation from Chief Automotive Technologies. Because BATC’s collision repair program was selected as the 2010 winner of the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant, Chief Automotive donated a Fuzion frame rack, a piece of equipment that is state of the art in the auto collision repair world.”It’s the newest and the latest in technology,” said Kevin Cornia, collision repair instructor at BATC. “We will benefit from the more modern equipment and the updated training.”Cornia said the previous frame rack they were using in the program was fairly outdated and going from the old one to this new gift is like, “going from a really old beat up car to a brand new car off the lot.”The rack has been in place since Friday, and after a few last minute installments, the frame will be ready to use. Cornia said he has felt a new spike in energy and excitement from his students who will benefit from using this new version because it’s what is out in the real world. He also said he thinks there will be an increase in enrollment because of this gift.”As word gets out and news travels about the new and updated equipment I definitely think we will get more students because we have upgraded tremendously,” he said.The collision repair program won the 2010 Makeover Grant because they were functioning at such a high level and producing excellent graduates, despite the amount of needs they had because of their low funding, Cornia said. The prize was $50,000 in grant money that has gone to “tons of new stuff” for their program. The rack went above and beyond that and was a predetermined gift from Chief Automotive who planned on giving the gift to whomever won the grant.

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