Newly Approved Apprenticeship Program Graduates its First Student

The Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council recently approved The Fix Network Apprenticeship Program (FNAP). The auto glass apprenticeship program just produced its first graduate.

Collision, glass and mechanical repair services company Fix Network World created FNAP. From October 2022 to January 2024, FNAP only functioned provisionally in Washington State and Oregon. It is also available in Colorado and Montana.

FNAP provides apprentices with 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training supervised by journeyperson-level auto glass technicians. The program also gives apprentices paid supplementary in-person or remote lessons, training seminars, industry conferences and a benefits package.

Gabe Duran is FNAP’s first graduate.

Gabriel Duran is FNAP’s first graduate. A nonprofit organization called TC Futures connected Duran with the program. He says he was essentially homeless before contacting TC Futures, and his auto glass apprenticeship came at the perfect time.

“Before joining the apprenticeship program, I became a dad,” said Duran. “This was big for me, and I wanted to make sure I could provide for my family. Skilled trades, such as auto glass repair and replacement, allow you to not only support yourself and your family but also to support the community you call home. The opportunities for growth and advancement are motivating.”

Duran says auto glass is a good fit for him and his interests.

“(TC Futures) introduced me to this opportunity with Speedy Glass USA, which perfectly fits my interest in working with cars and trucks,” he says. “Thanks to the training and support provided through FNAP, I am now a certified auto glass technician, and I’m confident I have a bright future in this industry.”

Duran’s enthusiasm and work ethic made an impression on the folks at Speedy Glass USA.

“Gabe is one of the hardest workers we’ve ever had at Speedy Glass Kennewick, and that’s high praise when you consider the strength of our current team,” says Jennifer Curbow, performance compliance and implementation manager. “We’ve enjoyed watching him learn and grow and are pleased to celebrate his graduation from the apprenticeship. We look forward to what his position at Speedy Glass Kennewick holds for him.”

FNAP trains apprentices in windshield repair processes, auto glass replacement, ADAS calibration, diagnostics and troubleshooting, cost estimate preparation and auto glass tools and technology. Apprentices must also pass an assessment by FNAP plus the Auto Glass Safety Council’s (AGSC) Certified Technician test.

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