CLEVELAND – Business services experts from the Automotive Finishes division of Sherwin-Williams recently assisted a team from Collin College in Allen, Texas, to build-out the school’s new Automotive Technology program. The Sherwin-Williams team worked to design and layout the program’s spray booth, mix room and prep stations, and are supporting the curriculum’s launch by outfitting the facility with Sherwin-Williams automotive finishes and collision repair products.
Collin College’s Technical Campus consists of a three-story, 340,000 square-foot complex offering up to 7,100 traditional, dual credit and continuing education students pursuing high-wage, high-demand careers in construction, health care, information technology, manufacturing and now automotive. Designed with workforce education as its core function, Collin College features classroom and lab space dedicated to training students in the latest techniques with the newest industry-standard technology.
For the college’s new Automotive Technology program, Business Services Marketing Manager, Judy Folk, National Account Manager, Harvey Kulkin and Capital Equipment Sales Manager, Tim Schmidt from Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes, consulted early in the construction phase on the design of the various spaces required for student hands-on education and experience training. The Sherwin-Williams team provided specifications on the design and layout of the program’s spray booth, mix room and prep station and they facilitated the supply of automotive paint and collision repair products through the local Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes sales team and branch location.
The Automotive Technology program is designed to prepare students for high‐skill, high‐demand positions in the automotive industry. Students who complete the program will have the opportunity to gain employment in dealerships, large tire, lube and repair chains, as well as independent shops. In addition to earning stackable certificates, marketable skills and AAS degrees, students will also be prepared to earn industry recognized ASE certifications qualifying them for Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) or Automotive Service Technician (AST) designation.
Moving forward, both Judy Folk and Tim Schmidt from Sherwin-Williams will serve on the school’s Technical Advisory Board.
About the Automotive Finishes Division of Sherwin-Williams
Sherwin-Williams® Automotive Finishes manufactures and distributes a complete line of advanced technology paint and coating systems for automotive, aerospace and fleet refinishing industries. The Automotive Finishes division includes Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes® and Valspar® Automotive paint and product brands, as well as U.S. Chemical & Plastics® (USC) and House of Kolor®. Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes is a part of the Sherwin-Williams Performance Coatings Group, which supplies a broad range of highly engineered solutions in more than 120 countries around the world. Founded in 1866, The Sherwin-Williams Company is a global leader in the manufacture, development, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers. For more information about Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes, visit www.sherwin-automotive.com.
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