Forrest Scene

March 2012 News Releases

Public invited to see and join in Recycled Rides effort to provide transportation to area residents

Structural repairs will begin in April on two Washburn Tech Recycled Rides vehicles to be awarded to area residents in May.

The first Marathon Repair weekend for Auto Collision and Auto Service Technician students to make further repairs to both vehicles at Washburn Tech will be the evening of Friday April 27 through Saturday, April 28. Repairs will continue on Sunday, April 29 if necessary. The general public is invited to see repairs being made on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the Discover Washburn Tech Open House.

The vehicles include a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan which was donated to Washburn Tech Recycled Rides by State Farm Insurance and a 1999 Ford Escort donated by an area resident. Lewis Collision Center has agreed to donate initial work to be done on the Grand Caravan.

Various firms and individuals stepped up to the plate to help with the first Recycled Rides vehicle last fall by donating parts, supplies, making a financial contribution, bringing food to the volunteers, or providing technicians to help guide Washburn Tech students in making the necessary repairs to the first Washburn Tech Recycled Rides vehicle. Area businesses and individuals who would like to help this spring in the effort to provide transportation to area residents in need are invited to contact Eileen Caspers at Washburn Tech, (785) 228-6305

Washburn Tech, a member of the National Auto Body Council (NABC), began participating in the national vehicle donation program called Recycled Rides in the summer of 2011. Washburn Tech is the first educational institution in the nation to be a Recycled Rides training facility. This program is a community project whereby members of NABC repair and donate recycled vehicles to families in need.

Washburn Tech’s mission is to deliver innovative educational and training opportunities for individuals to strengthen the communities we serve. The Washburn Tech Auto Collision and Auto Service Technician programs have provided these opportunities for over 40 years.

The National Auto Body Council is a not-for-profit organization committed to the goal of improving the image of all dedicated professionals in the collision repair industry. NABC headquarters are located in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

Washburn Tech offers 25 technical programs, most of which are about 48 credits in length, in one of five divisions – Construction, Health Care, Transportation, Human Services, and Technology. In addition, short-term continuing education and custom courses are offered. To inquire about technical programs or future courses please contact Washburn Tech at (785) 273-7140 or visit

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Jonathan Wimer, Wahburn Tech, coordinator of continuing education and marketing, (785) 228-6390