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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New era dawns for better collision repair training

ADtrainingRhetorical question: If your brand new car breaks down and there’s no one with the training and skills to repair it, will you ever get it back from the shop? Well, thanks to a new approach to collision repair training, that head-scratcher might not be as much of a concern in the future.


Recently, GEICO representatives joined the ribbon-cutting celebration of an innovative new collision repair program at Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) in North Carolina. Governor Pat McCrory also attended the event, calling the new program a “role model for the rest of the nation.”


The new FTCC program is designed to address a major skills gap in collision repair by training students in the auto industry with the latest technology. GEICO hopes to add future graduates of the FTCC program, including military members from nearby Fort Bragg and similar programs to its growing team of auto damage adjusters and auto damage management development candidates.


ADtraining2GEICO supports the FTCC and similar programs through a partnership with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), to which it donated $100,000 at the event.


GEICO also recently partnered with CREF to award grants for collision repair programs at four high school and college trade schools through CREF’s Ultimate Collision Education Makeover program. Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla; Norwalk High School in Norwalk, Calif.; Texas State Tech College in Waco, Texas; and Wilson Technological Center in Dix Hills, N.Y., received the grants, which will allow them to purchase new collision tools, equipment and supplies.


Visit the Careers site on geico.com for more details about claims careers and the many other opportunities GEICO offers.






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