Thanks to a grant from the Minnesota chapter of I-CAR, Ridgewater Auto Body students will be learning weld metal on car bodies with brand new equipment. Ridgewater received notification of the grant award in the amount of $8,100 this summer and used the funds to help purchase 16 new welders to be used by both first- and second-year students.
The Minnesota I-CAR Volunteer Committee made grant funds available to assist select post-secondary collision repair programs, in obtaining necessary tools and equipment that will enhance the learning experience for students. Qualifying schools must continually demonstrate a high level of commitment to the collision industry and exemplify the standards supported by I-CAR.
Each year, the Ridgewater College Auto Body Collision Repair program trains approximately 70 students for careers in auto body repair in its degree, diploma, and certificate programs. Students are trained by experienced instructors and utilize the latest technology and repair methods and tools. The program has a strong history of placing its graduates in related fields, with a placement rate averaging over 95%.
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to training the collision inter-industry. Formed by the collision repair industry in 1979, all I-CAR activities, programs, services, and resources focus on supporting the auto collision repair industry to achieve a high level of technical knowledge through access to training.