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Community Spirit: SAAR director, Sask. Polytech alum donates $60K for BETAG autobody repair tools

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan — Students in Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s auto body technician certificate program can look forward to working with modern BETAG equipment and software, thanks to a generous donation by polytech alumni, Barb and Tom Bissonnette.

The tools include reverse presses, weld-on metal tags and pullers, induction heaters, glue tabs and pullers. All of these allow repairers to get into modern vehicles, which often have tight spacing between panels and a mixture of welding and glues holding parts together.

In an interview with Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Scott Kucharyshen, head of the auto body technician program said “the equipment makes the process less intrusive and greener as panels can be repaired rather than replaced.”

“The goal is simple, to make Sask Polytech the number one collision repair training centre in Canada. The BETAG equipment is the way of the future for auto body metal repair,” said Tom.

“We made the decision to give right now so we can see the difference the donation will make for the students,” said Barb.

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