JULY 16, 2014


GTCC students Felton Donnell (left) and John Mudlock (far right) each received $2,500 in tools from Hire Our Heroes, a partnership between 3M and the Collision Repair Education Foundation. 3M representative Dee Miller (center) recently presented the students with their tool kits on the Jamestown Campus.

JAMESTOWN, N.C. - Two Guilford Technical Community College students recently received a $2,500 tool grant from Hire Our Heroes, which aims to support returning military veterans pursuing an education in collision repair. John Mudlock and Felton Donnell, both collision repair student veterans at GTCC, each received $2,500 in tools to improve their training and jump-start their careers.

"This tool grant is great because we are going into the workforce with good quality tools that we are going to have to buy eventually," said Mudlock of Greensboro.

Hire Our Heroes, a partnership between the Collision Repair Education Foundation ( and 3M (, creates opportunities for returning military veterans to find rewarding careers with the right education and support. Through grants and scholarships, the program provides funding for collision repair education for veterans and their family to help cover the costs of tuition, books, classroom materials, tools and equipment at qualifying technical schools.

"It's a great honor that they provide this for the veterans," said Donnell of Lexington. "For a lot of us that are working and going to school at the same time it offers us an opportunity to have equipment we don't have to pay for ourselves. It gives us a starting point ahead of a lot of people that are going to be starting in the industry."

In 2013, Hire Our Heroes contributed $250,000 to charities including the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The program supports the U.S. Chamber of Commerce overall in encouraging veteran hiring and specifically focusing employment in the collision repair industry.

GTCC's Collision Repair and Refinish Technology program offers an associate in applied science degree, diploma or certificate. The curriculum provides training in the use of equipment and materials of the auto body repair trade. Students study the construction of the automobile body and techniques for auto body repairing and refinishing. Learn more about the program at

Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from four major campuses and three specialized centers. Learn more at


- Heather Ebert/GTCC