CCC Instructor Joe Giles receives PPG training, certifications
CLARKSDALE – A Coahoma Community College instructor has been keeping in touch with his industry niche by staying current through training and certifications.

CCC Instructor Joe Giles receives PPG training, certifications

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Thu Jul 16, 2015

CLARKSDALE – A Coahoma Community College instructor has been keeping in touch with his industry niche by staying current through training and certifications.

CCC Collision Repair Technology Instructor Joe Giles of Clarksdale, MS recently attended a training hosted by PPG Refinishing Group in Pittsburgh, PA.

Founded in 1883, PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiberglass and operates in more than 70 countries around the world.

During the 3-day training, Giles was among 15 other instructors and business owners from across the country to receive PPG certification in Envirobase HP which trains refinish technicians in personal safety, paint chemical and waterborne fundamentals, and repair procedures using PPG’s Envirobase High Performance Waterborne Basecoat Refinish System.

Giles also received certification in US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Area Source Rule Training, which provided information to help meet the training requirements for new government environmental regulations. The certification is valid for five years.

“I learned a lot about the safety precautions for properly disposing automotive material … It’s always good to learn and stay current with safety precautions when you’re working with chemicals,” Giles said.

He’s also looking forward to adding water-based painting to his curriculum and expanding the horizons for his Collision Repair students.

“In addition to chemical paints, I now plan to introduce water-based painting to my students during the upcoming school year because it’s much more environmentally friendly and gives the same great results,” Giles said.

Giles is a CCC alum and began working at CCC in 2007 as a member of AmeriCorps before joining as a full-time faculty member in 2010.