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Giles attends Collision Repair Education Foundation conference in Chicago
CLARKSDALE – A Coahoma Community College Career and Technical Education Instructor recently visited the Windy City for a conference aimed at making Collision Repair programs and students thrive.

Giles attends Collision Repair Education Foundation conference

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

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Mon Jul 11, 2016

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CCC Collision Repair Instructor Joe Gile, left, is pictured along with Melissa Marscio, director of grant programs for the Collision Repair Education Foundation.

CLARKSDALE – A Coahoma Community College Career and Technical Education Instructor recently attended a conference aimed at making Collision Repair programs and students thrive.

CCC Collision Repair Instructor Joe Giles of Clarksdale, MS joined 40 collision repair professionals from across the nation for the conference, hosted June 20-25 in Louisville, KY.

The event was organized by the Collision Repair Education Foundation, whose mission is to support collision repair educational programs, schools, and students to create qualified, entry-level employees and connect them with an array of career opportunities.

The conference schooled attendees about grants and scholarships available for collision repair programs, offsetting budget shortfalls, attracting and maintaining non-traditional students, and partnering with industries to help support collision repair programs.

Giles, who has been a member of the foundation for six years, was the only representative from Mississippi present and said he most enjoyed learning about the grant process and the networking opportunities.

“I enjoyed meeting other Collision Repair professionals from other states and being able to discuss some of the things they’ve done to improve their programs,” he said.

Giles also had the opportunity to meet several industry vendors and learn about job opportunities available to his graduates.

The foundation invited Giles to bring three of his top students to Chicago where they will meet automotive industry vendors from around the country in September.