Josh Krentz, a student in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Career
and Technical Personnel Preparation program and a teacher at the Forbes Road Career and Technology Center, has been named the 2018 Collision Repair Education Foundation’s Instructor of the Year. In addition, a student in Krentz’s program at Forbes
Road CTC, Adam Tomlinson, was named Collision Repair Education Foundation Student of the Year.
Krentz, (Apollo, Pa.) and Tomlinson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) were honored at the national Collision
Repair Education Foundation’s national meeting in Las Vegas in October.
IUP’s Center for Career and Technical Personnel Preparation offers professional certificate and degree programs that prepare career and technical teachers and administrators to
receive required state certifications. Krentz has been a student with the IUP Center since fall 2014.
In Pennsylvania, candidates receive vocational professional certification by completing an approved education program offered through one of three regional Professional Personnel Development centers. All programs offered by the center include both field-based
and classroom-based instruction. IUP faculty members travel to career and technical schools, throughout western Pennsylvania, to instruct teacher candidates in the field-based program.
Becky Bruce, director of the IUP Center for Career and Technical Personnel Preparation, nominated Krentz for the award. “It is very gratifying to see Mr. Krentz recognized with this prestigious honor. He’s a wonderful teacher and truly an asset to the
career and technical education community.”
“Mr. Krentz goes above and beyond the daily classroom instruction,” she said in her nomination. “He works to find both local and national opportunities for his collision repair students. These opportunities benefit his students, their community, and
Bruce recognized Krentz’s work to develop a Recycled Rides program through the national auto body council at his school in Forbes Road; his work to provide educational field trips and tours of local auto body shops; his efforts to have his class be involved
with other schools in the community; and his involvement with industry in his field in order that his curriculum is up-to-date.