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I-CAR Kicks Off Professional Development Program at FTCC

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Feb. 5, 2015—John Van Alstyne, I-CAR CEO and president, and Clark Plucinski, executive director for the Collision Repair Education Foundation, joined North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and other collision repair industry leaders for the grand opening of the new two-year collision repair program at Fayetteville (N.C.) Technical Community College (FTCC) on Wednesday.

The I-CAR Professional Development Program – Education Edition (PDP-EE) is the foundation curriculum for the school, which represents an innovative model of what the future of collision repair education could and should be, according to an I-CAR release.

The PDP-EE is based on the same industry-facing training curriculum that I-CAR launched to the Collision Repair industry in 2010. PDP-EE training is role-based, building knowledge progressively, and is the basis for I-CAR’s industry-recognized programs. Schools that use PDP-EE have the latest collision repair educational curriculum and are able to graduate properly trained students that are in-demand by the industry for entry-level positions.

“I-CAR is pleased to be working with the Collision Repair Education Foundation in the development and launch of the FTCC program,” Van Alstyne said in a release. “The program is an interesting model of industry, government, and education collaboration that will successfully transition qualified returning U.S. veterans from military careers to collision repair industry careers. This helps address the needs our industry has for qualified talent and serves as a model for the future of education and industry collaboration.”

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