In just over a decade, Cole’s Collision grew from one to five locations in the Albany, N.Y., area. With such rapid expansion, the company is constantly in need of new employees. Their solution? Find promising young workers and give them the tools, training and time they need to grow.

One such example is Kayla Boyland. While she was studying at Hudson Valley Community College, Kayla’s knack for automotive painting caught the eye of her instructor. But even more noteworthy was her attention to detail and her desire to do things the right way. That’s exactly the type of person that Cole’s Collision likes to hire, and before long, Kayla was invited to come and work there as a prepper, then as a painter and now as head painter.

At Cole’s Collision, a typical new employee’s development track involves a probationary period during which their work ethic and initiative are scrutinized. After that, the employee will be tested for their skills but only to highlight areas where more training may be needed. John says, “Once we find someone who has the desire to learn, we will work with him/her for as long as necessary.”

Read more about Kayla Boyland, Cole's Collision and how they're cultivating a work force that is homegrown in the most recent edition of the Repaint Reporter.


STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – January 9, 2019
PPG today announced its schedule of collision refinish training classes for the first quarter of 2019. Collision refinish courses set for January, February and March will cover PPG premium brands including the Envirobase® High Performance, Aquabase® Plus, Deltron® and Global Refinish System® lines. All classes are structured to ensure that paint technicians are up to date with PPG products, processes and technological advances.

Classes are led by expert instructors, take one to two days each and are held at PPG Business Development Centers and various field locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Participants receive classroom instruction and, when appropriate, hands-on experience in the spray booth.

PPG training is the most extensive in the refinish industry. Programs offer a broad range of topics from product selection, equipment and color tools to surface preparation and paint application best practices and more.

Of particular importance are the certification classes offered for each PPG brand. PPG refinish technicians must be certified every two years. When PPG paint technicians and their respective collision centers are certified, the centers may offer the PPG Lifetime Limited Paint Performance Guarantee to their customers. All PPG classes allow opportunities for informal discussions and Q&A sessions with the trainers. Classes are available in French or Spanish in some locations.

All PPG classes allow opportunities for informal discussions and Q&A sessions with the trainers. Classes are available in French or Spanish in some locations.

Complete course descriptions, dates, locations and registration instructions can be found here. Classes fill quickly and early registration is encouraged.


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