June 21, 2016

William Comstock

William Comstock (Photo by Jana Carver)

JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Two Guilford Technical Community College students in the Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology program recently received tool grants through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The not-for-profit organization supports collision repair educational programs, schools and students to create qualified, entry-level employees and connects them with an array of career opportunities.

William Comstock has received $500 (retail value) in Snap-On tools to assist him in his training. Sgt. Ray Alston has received the 3M Hire our Heroes tool grant, which consists of $1,500 in tools, with an additional $3,000 in tools upon employment in the industry. Hire Our Heroes aims to support returning military veterans pursuing an education in collision repair.

William Comstock, 49 of Greensboro, enrolled in GTCC’s collision repair and refinishing technology program in fall 2015. Comstock will finish his training in collision repair this summer (2016) and said that receiving this grant will help him acquire quality tools and enable him to “get the job done.”

Sgt. Ray Alston (Photo by Jana Carver)

Sgt. Ray Alston (Photo by Jana Carver)

Sgt. Ray Alston, 35 of Burlington, served in the United States Army from 2009 to 2014.  He enrolled in GTCC’s collision repair program in fall 2014 and was a recipient of a $3,000 Hire Our Heroes grant in 2015. Sgt. Alston, who will complete his training in collision repair in fall 2016, hopes to open his own shop someday. He said that receiving a second grant as well as more assistance upon employment will help him progress faster in his career. “It means a lot,” he said.

Through the 3M Hire Our Heroes program, the Collision Repair Education Foundation has issued 158 tool grants and scholarships to veterans and their family members.

GTCC’s Collision Repair and Refinish Technology Program offers an associate in applied science degree, diploma or certificate. The curriculum provides training in the use of equipment and materials of the auto body repair trade. Students study the construction of the automobile body and techniques for auto body repairing and refinishing. Learn more about the program at

Guilford Technical Community College is the fourth largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at


— Jana Carver/GTCC