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PPCC Student Veterans Awarded Tool Grant

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Hire Our Heroes Grant Winners

[In photo left to right:  Wade Knight, Auto Collision Technology Program co-chair; veteran students Ryan Courtney and Michael Griffith; active military student Agustin Leon; and instructor Dwaine Robinson.]

Colorado Springs, Colo. – May 21, 2013 – Three students in the Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) Auto Collision Technology program won the “Hire Our Heroes Tool Grant for Veterans.” Veteran students Ryan Courtney and Michael Griffith and active military student Agustin Leon each won $2500 to purchase 3M brand tools to support their careers in collision repair.

“This is a huge benefit to our student veterans returning to the civilian workforce. It gives them an opportunity to acquire necessary tools they might not otherwise have the means to purchase,” said Wade Knight, PPCC, Auto Collision Technology co-chair. “We’re honored this nationwide grant was awarded to three students, all from PPCC.”

The “Hire Our Heroes Tool Grant for Veterans” is sponsored by 3M and made available through the I-CAR Collision Repair Education Foundation. These organizations and others have partnered to help support rehabilitation and training to drive employment in the collision repair industry for America’s returning veterans.

Pikes Peak Community College, in its 45th year of operation, is a two-year college offering associate’s degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses, two military education centers in El Paso county and nearly 200 programs of study, PPCC serves approximately 22,000 students annually.