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                                                                                  SCC photo/Jim Hills

Peter Beers, of Chicago Pneumatic, shows off some of the donated
tools to SCC Automotive Training Center students. Click here for more photos.


Many of the tools recently donated to Shoreline Community College’s Automotive Training Center may use air to drive them, but they are definitely heavy-duty.


Chicago Pneumatic representative Peter Beers brought boxes of tools to students at the center for a presentation, May 28. 2009. SCC was chosen to receive the gift because it was one of four finalists in a “2009 School

of the Year” contest sponsored by Chicago Pneumatic and Tomorrow’s Technician magazine. 


Beers said Chicago Pneumatic, founded in 1901, is working to increasing its involvement with automotive training programs. “Your dads probably knew Chicago Pneumatic, but the younger technicians haven’t had the same connection,” he said.


Selected from more than 80 nominated schools, the other three finalists were Ohio Technical College, Cleveland; Piedmont Technical College, Greenwood, S.C.; and Smoky Hill High School, Aurora, Colo.


Applications from instructors, principals, department chairs, and students touted a variety of specialized training. “It’s exciting that a company like Chicago Pneumatic has partnered with us to recognize these top automotive schools,” said Beth Skove, associate publisher of Tomorrow’s Technician.


As a finalist, SCC’s training center received $5,000 worth of Chicago Pneumatic tools.


SCC Automotive Training Center Director Don Schultz welcomed Beers and the tools during the ceremony at the training center showroom. “We’re grateful for the support from Chicago Pneumatic and Tomorrow’s Technician,” Schultz said.


SCC/Jim Hills

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