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Donation to HCC’s Auto Body Program Enhances Estimating Capabilities

Highland Community College’s Automotive Program received a donation of 10 laptop computers from Mitchell International, I-CAR Education Foundation and State Farm Insurance. These laptop computers are equipped with software that will be used to assist students in assessing vehicle damage and increase their technical training of estimating auto collision costs. The computers will be used in Highland’s estimating classes, which are held each fall semester.

Highland’s auto body instructor Tom Bergstrom said, this software program teaches students how to use two key operating systems, ADP [Automated Data Processing Inc.] and Mitchell, that are used in the marketplace. It also teaches students how to make comparisons between the systems. He explained that damage estimates can be significantly different in cost if two estimating systems are used. “This software adds an additional estimating system to the Highland’s auto body program. Now we are able to do comparison estimating rather than single estimates. It will be nice as a comparison tool.” This is a very thorough program and covers all vehicles as well as “after-market” parts.

Mitchell International, a company in the collision claims and repair industry based in San Diego, California, donated the software to State Farm Insurance and I-CAR, a not-for-profit company that develops and delivers technical training programs to the auto collision industry, as a joint venture.

Representatives from I-CAR Education Foundation, Mitchell, International, and State Farm Insurance demonstrated the software to Instructor Tom Bergstrom and Associate Dean of Business and Technology Scott Anderson. The equipped laptop computers are a significant donation to Highland’s auto body program. The Mitchell software & updates cost approximately $5,000 a year.

Keith Eichenshr, a spokesperson for Mitchell International, said the donation of the software-loaded laptops is “to help your school with training and expanding your estimating program.” With ongoing support, Highland will not have any financial burden to update the software.

Students from throughout northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin are currently enrolled in Highland’s reputable and certified automotive programs. Countless graduates of Highland’s automotive program are successfully established as specialists in the auto collision industry throughout the region.

For more information about Highland’s automotive programs, contact the Business and Technology Division at 815.599.3478.


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