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Litchfield Community School District #12

On Tuesday, February 1st Earl Flack, President & CEO of McKay/NAPA Auto Parts of Litchfield, IL presented Litchfield C.U.S.D. #12 Regional Auto Technician Instructor Eric Gray with a check for $10,000.

These funds will be used to support college & technical school scholarships for graduating auto technician students who plan to further their post-high school education in the auto industry career pathway.

Pictured below from left to right are Dr. David Lett, Litchfield CTE Coordinator, Eric Gray, Litchfield C.U.S.D. #12 Regional Auto Technician Instructor, & Earl Flack, President & CEO of McKay/NAPA Auto Parts of Litchfield.

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Montgomery County High School Regional Auto Technician Program

On Thursday April 28th the Montgomery County High School Regional Auto Technician Program was presented with a $1,000 check from NGK Spark Plugs, Inc. a partner of McKay/NAPA Auto Parts of Litchfield, IL.

The monies will be used for new equipment for the Regional Auto Technician Program hosted by Litchfield C.U.S.D. #12.

Pictured from left to right are Dr. David Lett, Litchfield School District CTE Director, Jeff Weichel NGK Spark Plugs Regional Sales Manager, Eric Gray Litchfield HS Automotive Instructor, Earl Flack, President/CEO McKay/NAPA Auto Parts, & Scott Mountford COO McKay/NAPA Auto Parts.

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Kaskaskia College

Pictured (L to R) Kaskaskia College President George Evans; McKay Auto Parts President Earl Flack, Kaskaskia College Assistant Professor of Automotive Technology Chuck DeBernardi and McKay Auto Parts Operation Manager Ryan Ocepek.


On May 6, 2022, Kaskaskia College’s automotive technology program has received a $30,000 donation to enhance educational opportunities for students in the automotive industry. Earl Flack, President of McKay Auto Parts, presented the check to Kaskaskia College President George Evans and Charles DeBernardi, Assistant Professor of Automotive Technology at McKay Auto Parts headquarters in Litchfield, Illinois.

The funds were made available with the Automotive Parts & Service Association of Illinois, an automotive service and parts store professional organization, that chose to dissolve in 2021. The organization originally planned to return funds it had accumulated to its members; however, Flack, argued successfully the funds should go to educational institutions such as KC, to further educational opportunities for students to learn skills to enter the automotive repair industry. “I say step up or step forward,” said Flack. “It’s about giving students a chance who may not have or know how to prepare for their future.”

DeBernardi notes the decision to focus on education shows Flack’s commitment to the future of the industry. “Earl Flack is an out-of-the-ordinary forward-thinking individual. Through his leadership, APSA decided to invest in the education of future generations of automotive technicians.”

DeBernardi is working with the college’s automotive technology advisory board to determine the best way to use the funds donated by the APSA.

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Collinsville Area Vocational Center

October 28, 2021 McKay NAPA Auto Parts Chairman Jim McKay and President Earl Flack were the guests of Superintendent Dr. Skertich and Collinsville Area Vocational Center Director Joe McGinnis for a tour today.

The visit to CAVC included presentation of a $1,000 check from McKay to help support scholarship opportunities for CTE (Career & Technical Education) students.

Mr. McKay and Mr. Flack met CAVC instructors and discussed how they can provide ongoing training, equipment and opportunities for students, in addition to their scholarship contribution.


January 31, 2022 – Representatives from McKay Corporation NAPA Auto Parts presented a check for $10,000 to Collinsville Area Vocational Center to support scholarships for students in the Automotive and Auto Body Repair programs.

The funds were directed from dissolution of the Automotive Parts and Service Association of Illinois, a trade association for businesses and individuals involved in the automotive aftermarket industry. The McKay family was a founding member of the original organization in 1958.

McKay Corporation has committed to ongoing support of CAVC educational programs and scholarships. Last October, McKay President Earl Flack and Chairman Jim McKay presented a $1,000 check to help support scholarship opportunities for CTE (Career & Technical Education) students. In addition, they have committed to providing training, equipment and career opportunities for students.

McKay Corporation is a family owned and operated business headquartered in Litchfield, Illinois. McKay Auto Parts services Central Illinois and surrounding areas with 23 NAPA Auto Parts and NAPA AUTO CARE locations. McKay has a strong history of supporting educational programs and CTE training opportunities.

 

Centralia High School Automotive Department

April 7, 2022 McKay Corporation NAPA Auto Parts recently donated $10,000 to Centralia High School's Automotive Department to help provide scholarships for deserving kids looking to go to trade school. Present at the donation were Earl Flack, who is president of McKay Auto Parts; Jim McKay, a chairman of the board for the company; and Dale Chapman, who is the store manager for the company's Centralia branch. CHS auto mechanics teacher Robert Mensen said the money will be going toward five $2,000 scholarships for the next five years. Mensen said he already has a student in mind for this year, who shows promising skills in their classes and greatly deserves the scholarship. "We need doctors and nurses and other workers, but we also need people who can work with their hands." Flack said about the shop classes.


 

Okaw Area Vocational

Above, from left, are Gale Becker (McKay Vandalia store manager), Jason Ruot (Okaw auto mechanics instructor), Todd Nickel (Okaw auto mechanics instructor), Darin Dugan (Okaw auto body instructor) and Matt McKay (McKay sales/regional).

In March, representatives from McKay Auto Parts presented a check for $10,000 to the Okaw Area Vocational in Vandalia to support scholarships for students in the Automotive and Auto Body Repair programs.

The funds were directed from dissolution of the Automotive Parts and Service Association of Illinois, a trade association for businesses and individuals involved in the automotive aftermarket industry. The McKay family was a founding member of the original organization in 1958.

McKay Auto Parts has committed to ongoing support of vocational education programs and scholarships.

Last October, McKay President Earl Flack and Chairman Jim McKay presented a $1,000 check to help support scholarship opportunities for CTE (Career & Technical Education) students. In addition, they have committed to providing training, equipment and career opportunities for students.

McKay Auto Parts is a family-owned and -operated business headquartered in Litchfield. McKay Auto Parts services Central Illinois and surrounding areas with 23 NAPA Auto Parts Stores and many NAPA AutoCare locations.

The business hopes this scholarship will help students further their career in the automotive industry.