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ABRA Auto Body & Glass awards 16 students with $1,000 tool grants

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May 12, 2011—ABRA Auto Body & Glass awarded 16 collision students with $1,000 in tools through the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s (CREF) Spring Tool Grant.

The tool grant was made available to collision repair students graduating in 2011 who will be entering the workforce immediately following graduation, according to the CREF. The winning students were able to select $1,000 in tools and equipment from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation’s (NATEF) tool list.

The recipients of the 2011 ABRA Auto Body & Glass Spring Tool Grant include:

• Manuel Aguilar, Universal Technical Institute in Sacramento, Calif.

• Justen Anderson, Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

• Tyler Brick, Aims Automotive & Technology Center in Windsor, Colo.

• Nathaniel Brown, Universal Technical Institute in Houston, Texas

• Ryan Carroll, Salt Lake Community College in Sandy, Utah

• Rebekkah Doyle, Nashville Auto Diesel College in Nashville, Tenn.

• William Everhart, Nashville Auto Diesel College in Nashville, Tenn.

• Y Lee, Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, Minn.

• Alfredo Mendez, Universal Technical Institute in Houston, Texas.

• Kade Oeltjenbruns, Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, Minn.

• Emily Ann Severson, WyoTech in Laramie, Wyo.

• Brittney Sieger, WyoTech in Sacramento, Calif.

• Terrance Scott Simpson, Nashville Auto Diesel College in Nashville, Tenn.

• Thong Thao, Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wis.

• Joshua Van Dinter, Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wis.

• Steve Watt, WyoTech in Laramie, Wyo.

“Through ABRA’s tool grant, these 16 students will be better equipped to repair consumers’ collision damaged vehicles properly,” said Scott Kruger, executive director of the CREF. “Industry supporters like ABRA Auto Body & Glass are helping to display to secondary and post-secondary students that the industry believes in their future and is willing to step up to support their education.”

“ABRA Auto Body & Glass is happy to support the Collision Repair Education Foundation and these fine students; it’s our goal to continue to support and encourage students entering our industry,” said Tim Adelmann executive vice president for ABRA.

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