SOURCE: Mitchell International

May 09, 2005 14:46 ET

Mitchell International Helps Provide Collision Repair Training to Underprivileged Youth

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 9, 2005 -- Mitchell International today announced the enrollment of a second class of Junior Automotive Technicians in the Collision Repair Training Course program, following a successful pilot. The program is offered, free of charge, to homeless, or otherwise disadvantaged, youth to learn both applied academic and practical workplace skills based on a modified version of the ASE Program Certification Standards curriculum. Classes are held 2 hours a day, for 16 weeks, at the Centre City/Skills Center Automotive Facility at City College. The Training Course is co-sponsored by the Centers for Education & Technology, the San Diego Workforce Partnership, the Youth One-Stop Career Center, the San Diego County Department of Education, and the Monarch Schools for at-risk youth.

In addition to sponsoring the program, Mitchell International polled its body-shop contacts in the San Diego area to find internship placements for all the pilot program's graduates, to provide them the opportunity to demonstrate and hone their skills in a real-world environment while building their resumes.

"This program is a great example of what can happen when solution providers partner with their customer base to assist the industry as a whole," said Marc Brungger, VP - Collision Sales. "Mitchell used its contacts within the body shop industry and industry associations to help locate teachers, coordinate the construction of a valid certification program, and otherwise help ensure this program would truly help bring qualified new professionals into the industry. Naturally, the industry stepped up and did its part."

Graduation ceremonies for the pilot class were held on January 24th. Jim Lindner (Chairman & CEO, Mitchell International) delivered the keynote address. Mitchell is very proud to be involved with this program, as it provides a way for those with few opportunities a way to get started on a career, and it helps supply the auto-body industry with the skilled technicians it so urgently needs.

About Mitchell International

Mitchell International is a leading provider of information and workflow solutions to the automotive insurance claims industry, serving carriers, collision repair facilities, and other commercial participants in the physical damage and auto-related medical claims processes. Mitchell facilitates millions of electronic transactions between more than 16,000 business partners each month to enhance their productivity, profitability, and customer satisfaction levels. For more information on Mitchell International, visit our website at www.mitchell.com.

For More Information:

San Diego Centers for Education & Technology : www.sandiegocet.net
San Diego Workforce Partnership : www.sandiegoatwork.com
San Diego County Office of Education : www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us
Monarch Schools : www.monarchschools.org

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