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Mitchell to fund San Diego County Office of Education’s collision program

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Feb. 20, 2012—Mitchell International has partnered with the San Diego County Office of Education's Work Readiness program to fund a collision repair program designed to introduce youth to career opportunities in the industry.

The collision repair program introduces students to basic vehicle paint preparatory techniques and advanced collision repair training, according to Mitchell. The company also helps students obtain internships and job placement at local repair shops.

"Mitchell's long-standing support for this type of career gateway for our students is invaluable," said Ed Rulenz, project facilitator and instructor for the San Diego County Office of Education's Work Readiness program. "Challenging economic circumstances make partnerships such as this one absolutely essential, and through Mitchell's financial support, on-site collision repair facility visits, and provision of tool kits for students, we are able to empower such deserving young people to broaden their career opportunities and better their futures."

"It is tremendously gratifying and humbling to see how our partnership with San Diego City College has presented exciting collision repair career opportunities for local students, and we look forward to continuing to work together to encourage and support young people in our own backyard," said Jack Farnan, senior vice president of human resources for Mitchell. "For Mitchell, active involvement in our community is a personal endeavor for our team members, and speaks to the integrity we try very hard to bring to every aspect of our business. We are proud to make more career opportunities a reality for more people and view partnerships such as this one as an opportunity for us to continually strengthen our community."

For more information about the program, visit the San Diego County Office of Education’s website,

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