In our final painting class of 2018, our new industrial facility and equipment was put to good use by several of our students who were preparing to write their final exams in preparation for their ascension to Red Seal journey person status . Early in 2018 we were granted final approval by the City of Surrey to operate our facility at full capacity and since that time, we have taken every opportunity to run as many apprenticeship training courses, journey person upgrading sessions and certification programs as possible.
However, one item that is often overlooked is the cost of the specialized coatings involved in running these programs. We have literally saved thousands of dollars this year, thanks to the generous support of our paint sponsor, Sherwin Williams. Because of the foresight of this company and their management group, we were able to reinvest those savings into additional equipment and other disposables allowing us to expose a greater number of individuals to a rewarding career in the painting industry.
We would like to take this opportunity to gratefully acknowledge Sherwin Williams and to thank them for their generous support with regard to all of the painting programs we operate at our facility. Their investment in our students allows us to create a pathway toward developing many rewarding careers as we train tomorrows workforce today.