HCC student receives 'Hire Our Heroes' Veterans Tool Grant

Charles Kovach of Freeport, a Highland student studying Auto Body Repair, has been awarded a grant from the 2016 Collision Repair Education Foundation's "Hire Our Heroes" Veteran Tool Grant.

Kovach was presented the $1,500 tool grant from Lt. Commander Barry Boettcher, who represented the Department of Defense, during class at Highland. Kovach is also eligible for a potential second gift of $3,000 in tools upon employment in the collision industry. Kovach will graduate with an associate of applied science in auto body repair on May 14.

Kovach, who is a veteran, said, "This means a lot to me and gives me hope to buy the tools that I need when I get my first job. I have always wanted to work in the collision repair business. I used to watch a family member work in the business when I was younger, so to know that I am closer to realizing my own dream of being part of the industry means a lot to me."

Scott Anderson, dean of business and technology at Highland, said, "This grant gives great recognition to one of our students, and recognition for our veteran students. Highland has a number of programs to help students get the training and education needed for career advancement, and we are proud to have a returning veteran like Charles at Highland. It's a positive impact on our program."

Kovach's auto body instructor, Todd Vacek, said, "We are very excited and pleased for Charles. He is one of those students who wants to achieve, and he also likes to help out his fellow students."

For more information about Highland Auto Body Repair program, contact Dean of Business and Technology Scott Anderson at 815.599.3604 or

(left to right) Steve Lambert, part-time Auto Body instructor, Scott Anderson, Todd Vacek, Charles Kovach and Lt. Commander Barry Boettcher

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