The Laramie County Community College auto body repair program received a tool grant and a donation from the Collision Repair Education Foundation.
The program was notified it had been awarded the grant in October after applying for it last year. In the middle of January, the program received a selection list of how the grant would be distributed.
“We were allowed to pick from a comprehensive list of tools and choose items that would benefit our program,” instructor and Director for auto body repair Rob Benning said.
The grant is worth $1,000 and was used for tools and equipment from the foundation.
The program received a welding blanket, telescopic tram gauge, welding helmets and various hand tools.
This grant helped pay to update and replace tools and equipment, freeing up program funds for other expenditures.
“This grant has allowed us to expand on our current tools and allowed us to replace tools that are getting worn out,” Benning said.
Another aspect of the grant included a donation. LCCC was at the top of the priority list to receive donations from the foundation.
The program received several thousand dollars worth of 3M items that include pallets of sandpaper, abrasives, paint cups and other items.
“Our main goal is to prepare students to enter the industry,” Benning said. “The automotive world is constantly changing, so staying up to date on our curriculum helps us to prepare students for when they graduate and first get into a shop.”