PPG donates $10,000 to SkillsUSA


PPG Industries’ automotive refinish business has supported SkillsUSA and the SkillsUSA Youth Development Foundation since the organization was founded in 1965. The foundation assists in funding the SkillsUSA Championships, an annual showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Last year more than 4,800 contestants competed in 84 events, including Collision Repair Technology.

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, April 23, 2007 – PPG Industries’ automotive refinish business has donated $10,000 to SkillsUSA, a national non-profit organization serving teachers as well as high school and college students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Formerly known as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA), the organization serves as a link between education and industry, helping students to excel in their chosen fields and qualify for jobs in the real world. More than 284,000 students and instructors join SkillsUSA annually.

“Our relationship with industry sponsors like PPG is a ‘win-win’ situation,” said Tom Holdsworth, director for the SkillsUSA Office of Communications. “The input we get from PPG helps technical instructors to incorporate new products and new developments in refinish technology into their curriculum, so our students will have the skills to meet the needs of the industry when it’s time for them to enter the work force. Industry donations help to keep our programs current and allow us to reach more and more students each year. We are grateful to PPG for their continuing support.”

PPG has been a supporter of SkillsUSA for many years. A number of PPG employees and distributors act as judges at local, state and national skills competitions, and many PPG personnel have held positions on the USA Advisory Board and the SkillsUSA Youth Development Foundation since the organization was founded in 1965. In addition, SkillsUSA's Youth Development Foundation assists in providing funding for the SkillsUSA Championships. Last year more than 4,300 students competed at the championships in 84 different events, including Collision Repair Technology. This year more than 5,000 competitors are slated to compete in 87 different events.

According to Kathi Minut, PPG training operations manager and a current member of the SkillsUSA Youth Development Foundation Advisory Board, “PPG supports SkillsUSA because it is dedicated to helping young people develop the right skills to succeed in life. We also support the program from an industry perspective. There is a shortage of qualified technicians in the automotive refinish industry. We have more technicians retiring or exiting the field than qualified people entering each year. The students that participate in SkillsUSA are more often than not individuals that are self-motivated and willing to go the extra mile. These students are the type of employees today’s body shops and distributor stores need. We are very pleased to participate in SkillsUSA events and competitions and to support the SkillsUSA organization.”

For more information on PPG Automotive Refinish, visit www.ppgrefinish.com.

About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a national non-profit organization of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps high school and college students enrolled in career and technical education programs to excel by teaching employability skills such as communication, problem solving and leadership in conjunction with their trade, technical and service occupations skills. The association’s annual membership exceeds 284,000 students and instructors in more than 3,700 schools and colleges in every state, three territories and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit www.SkillsUSA.org.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company employs more than 30,000 people and has 125 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in more than 20 countries. Sales in 2006 were $11 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York and Philadelphia stock exchanges (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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Contact:
Calvinia Fields
PPG Automotive Refinish
440-572-2800
cfields@ppg.com

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