Auto Service World
News   July 18, 2005   by Auto Service World

PPG Partners With Educator on Distance Learning

PPG Canada, Inc. has formed a partnership with the Canadian Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) Council to produce and deliver automotive collision center training across Canada.
Through the CARS interactive distance-learning network, better known as Collision TV, collision centers in Canada will have access to the most creative educational materials in the industry.
This unique training opportunity, available to the entire Canadian collision industry, is a convenient and effective way for collision center employees, including refinish technicians, to increase their knowledge and enhance traditional classroom training.
For over six years, CARS has deployed similar technology to train automotive retailers and service providers in Canada. This expansion, into the collision sector of the market, opens an exciting opportunity to reach hundreds of auto body professionals across Canada. This initiative under the CARS Collision Repair Interactive Distance Learning project, which is funded by Human Resources Skills Development Canada, helps collision center workers acquire new skills and knowledge.
Through a series of interactive PPG refinish courses, technicians can increase their knowledge in areas such as surface preparation, corrosion protection, refinishing plastic parts, basecoat/clearcoat application, and color adjustment techniques.
This innovative training approach enables collision centers to minimize costs associated with traditional training events. Concerns once associated with travel related expenses and reduced productivity at work are minimized with the CARS-PPG partnership. By utilizing a combination of live instructor broadcasts with a studio hotline, technicians are engaged in a professional, interactive learning process in their local areas.
Bill Troyer, PPG North American Training Manager, says, "We are pleased to be a part of this project that addresses our industry’s training challenges. The CARS-PPG partnership is an excellent way for technicians to supplement PPG’s traditional refinish training programs. This learning architecture now enables PPG to offer a blended approach that includes traditional classroom courses as well as interactive distance-learning formats."

For additional information on the CARS-PPG Canada partnership, contact the Canadian Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) Council at 1-888-224-3834 or the PPG Refinish Training Department at 1-800-970-2283.

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