The Iowa Automobile Dealers Association (IADA) Foundation for Education recently awarded Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC’s) automotive programs a $6,294 grant to purchase a ProSpot SP-2 Smart MIG welder to be utilized by students in the auto collision repair/refinish and automotive repair technology programs.

This new piece of equipment will allow SWCC’s automotive students to learn and practice aluminum MIG welding and silicon bronze MIG welding. The unit features pulse and synergic modes. This welder has the OEM approvals of Ford, GM, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota, Honda, and virtually every manufacturer of both domestic and foreign auto makers.

The foundation awarded approximately $60,000 in grants during spring 2022. Local auto dealers Stalker Chevrolet, Buick, GMC of Creston; Creston Automotive of Creston; Fleetside Ford LLC of Osceola; Red Oak Chrysler of Red Oak; Belt Auto of Red Oak, Hawkeye Ford of Red Oak; Shore Motor Co. of Clarinda; and Glendenning Motors of Mt. Ayr are IADA members in SWCC’s region who help support these grant opportunities.

The SWCC collision repair/refinish program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). In addition, the program offers I-CAR ProLevel 1 & 2 certification in refinish and non-structural. Training is provided by a lead instructor who is designated ASE Master Certified and an I-CAR Platinum Individual. Both SWCC automotive programs offer one-year diploma programs and two-year Associate of Applied Science degrees; as well as programs for high school students to earn college credits.

Second year automotive students with Pro Spot welder