Automotive technology

Ivy Tech Receives $17,000 Sheet Metal Donation for Automotive Tech Program

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The automotive technology program at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne recently received automotive sheet metal panels worth approximately $17,000 from LKQ Corporation.

“We chose Ivy Tech partly because we’ve been contacted about it in the past, but also because they have a local auto body program that hopefully will graduate people who are committed and willing to participate in our industry,” said Zach Richter, CEO of LKQ. . “I have personally attended Ivy Tech and know they are an integral part of our community.”

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne said it will use the donation to give auto body and collision repair course students more hands-on experience with real-world learning opportunities. In the program, students learn to repair and overhaul cars, trucks, vans, and golf carts. According to statistics from the United States Bureau of Labor, auto body repairers can expect to earn a median hourly wage of $21.24/hr.

“We are grateful for LKQ’s sheet metal donation, which will be extremely helpful to our students,” said Dave Buell, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Automotive Instructor. “They will learn how to prep parts for vehicles, repair dents, prepare primer, paint, etc. These skills will prepare them to enter the job market directly after graduation.

For more information about the program, visit or contact Dave Buell at 260-243-3125 or Bob Huffman at 260-480-4293 or [email protected]