We had our NWLCRA meeting on November 3, 2015 at the Country Tavern Barbecue. This was our last meeting of 2015. Our meeting was called to order by Bill Burnside, the NWLCRA Treasurer. Mark Monroe, Collision Instructor with the Bossier Parish School of Technology and Innovative Learning, led us in prayer. Randi and Abigail Shepherd led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
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CCC may reschedule their meeting during the first quarter of 2016. We were hoping to have three estimating software programs demonstrated during our last three meetings, to give a good comparison, but we weren't able to get it to happen. Hopefully we will get to see CCC in action.
I-CAR classes are posted on the I-CAR website through June of 2016. To see classes taught in your area, just use the "Class Search" and enter your zip code. If you haven't been to I-CAR's website, you might not know that they have revised it.
The Louisiana High School SKILLS USA competition will be held in Houma, LA. We are proud that Northwest Louisiana is always represented well at SKILLS USA. The Post Secondary SKILLS USA competition will be held in Shreveport, LA. We will need to have team members, so watch for upcoming news regarding the SKILLS USA to become involved. This is a great way to see your potential labor force.
Chris Shepherd, Collision Instructor with Caddo Career and Technology Center discussed the progress of the Collision program. He encouraged everyone to come by and see the progress that has been made. He had 12 students when he took the program over, and now has 28. Between Bossier and Caddo parishes, the labor force should be improving in the near future for the Collision Industry. The "Jump Start" program will be implemented in 2018.
We ask that everyone begin thinking about guest speakers for 2016. Our first meeting, January 5, 2016, will be held at the new Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning. We will get a tour of this new facility and see the Collision Department. If you are in the Collision Industry in the Northwest Louisiana area, you will want to be at this meeting.
We adjourned at 7:30 PM.