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April 2012 News Releases

Recycled Rides marathon repair weekend

The Washburn Tech Recycled R

ides spring marathon repair weekend begins at 5 p.m. Friday, April 27 and continues through Saturday, April 28. If needed, repair time will be extended through Sunday. Washburn Tech students, under the supervision of technicians from area auto repair shops, will be making repairs to the two spring 2012 Recycled Rides vehicles, a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan donated to Washburn Tech Recycled Rides by State Farm Insurance and a 1999 Ford Escort donated by an area resident.

Over 10 area firms are donating parts, supplies, or providing technicians and other assistance to help guide Washburn Tech students in making the necessary vehicle repairs. Lewis Collision Center, Briggs Auto Group, Car Quest, Kansas Automotive, Hogan Muffler & Brake, Paint Innovations, Sherwin Williams, 3M, LKQ, Brown’s Super Service, College Body Shop, Heartland Park Topeka, and several State Farm Insurance agents are all assisting.

The Recycled Rides repair marathon is being held in conjunction with the Discover Washburn Tech Open House this weekend. The general public is invited to campus on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to observe our students working on the two vehicles which will be donated in mid-May to two area individuals or families in need. The first spring 2012 Recycled Rides vehicle will be donated on Friday, May 11 at 10:00 a.m. at Washburn Tech while the second vehicle will be donated a week later, May 18 at Heartland Park Topeka.

Washburn Tech is the first educational institution in the nation to be a Recycled Rides training facility. The program is a community awareness 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.

Washburn Tech offers 24 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 our website

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, Va. For more information on the Recycled Rides program, call (804) 427-6982 or visit

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Jonathan Wimer, Washburn Tech, Coordinator of Continuing Ed & Marketing, (785) 228-6390

Eric Showalter, Instructor, Washburn Tech Auto Collision Program, (785) 228-6446