STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, July 15, 2008 PPG Automotive Refinish has donated $10,000 to SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, high school, and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.
The organization acts as a link between education and industry, helping students excel in their chosen field and qualify for jobs in the real world. More than 300,000 students and instructors join SkillsUSA annually.
The PPG donation was earmarked to support the 2008 National SkillsUSA Championships held in Kansas City, MO, June 25 26. The Championships is a national-level competition that involves over 5,000 students vying in 91 hands-on skill and leadership contests including collision repair technology and, for the first time, a separate automotive refinishing contest. Each SkillsUSA Championships contestant is a state-level gold medalist.
Tom Holdsworth, SkillsUSA, director of communications, said, “We appreciate the continuing support we receive from PPG. They have been instrumental in our automotive collision program, and this year, they played an important part in creating a separate automotive refinishing contest to challenge our students and to match ever-evolving industry needs and expectations.
"Involvement by prominent industry sponsors such as PPG helps our technical instructors stay on top of developments in refinish technology. They then pass that knowledge on to their students who, in turn, are able to keep up with the industry and acquire the skills they’ll needand are expected to havewhen they enter the work force.”
PPG has actively supported SkillsUSA for many years. PPG employees and distributors frequently serve as judges at local, state and national skills competitions. PPG personnel have held key positions on the SkillsUSA advisory committees and the SkillsUSA Youth Development Foundation since the organization’s start in 1965.
Bill Troyer, PPG training manager, said, “We’re very pleased to make this donation to SkillsUSA. They help develop well-rounded, motivated young people with the desire to attain the skills and competency levels required to succeed in our industry.
"This year, with the introduction of the automotive refinish contest, the skills the students learn and develop will be particularly important for our customersand the whole industrydown the road. We are happy to support SkillsUSA and to participate in their activities and competitions.”
Photos by Clay Allen, photographer for SkillsUSA