Axalta Kickstarts Kids’ Careers in the Automotive Industry

The best way to master a craft is to practice it. That is why Axalta is excited to give the students who attend Drive ONE, a non-profit that provides middle and high school-aged students hands-on automotive industry training, the tools they need to prepare for a career in the automotive industry with the installation of the Axalta Paint Booth at Drive ONE’s facility. The booth will allow students to learn vital refinishing skills using the same techniques and equipment found in a professional bodyshop.

Axalta’s Color Marketing Manager, Nancy Lockhart made the announcement during her keynote speech at the school’s first-ever graduation ceremony on June 22, 2018. Lockhart, on behalf of Axalta, presented the school a check and informed the students that Axalta will also supply professional bodyshop equipment including Cromax® EZ, spray guns, safety equipment, and more.

Axalta and Drive One have partnered on several projects since the school’s inception in 2016 that have exposed the students to automotive design, modelling, color selection and engineering concepts. Drive ONE was responsible for the conceptualization, design and clay modeling of display cars for the launch of Axalta’s Automotive Color of the Year 2018 –StarLite and also custom painted a tickle me pink pedal car for Dale Earnhardt Jr’s newborn daughter. Drive One students presented the car to Earnhardt in front of hundreds of NASCAR fans at one of the world’s largest automotive trade shows, SEMA. This latest collaboration sees Axalta become the Official Paint Partner of Drive ONE Detroit.

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