Boulder Technical Education Center students work with vinyl.

Brodie Mathews, owner of DeCo Tint, PPF, Wrap and Tint America in Arvada, Colo., studied collision repair technology at Boulder Technical Education Center in Boulder, Colo., as a 15-year-old high schooler in 2004. He returned in January 2022 as an instructor, teaching the art of paint protection film (PPF) and vinyl wrap installations. A year later, his encore featured fashion film lines and a larger class size with increased interest.

“We brought in colors and samples of our leading fashion film companies, showing the evolution of our industry,” Mathews says.

Boulder Technical Education Center’s programs include automotive collision repair, automotive service technology, biomedical science, construction technology, cosmetology, emergency medical response, criminal justice and crime scene investigation (csi), sports medicine, video production and welding.

Mathews’ latest two-week course featured one week of PPF training and one week of vinyl instruction. Eastman Performance Films donated PPF and tools to facilitate the course. Mathews’ company, DeCo Tint, PPF, Wrap, supplied the wrap training film.

“The class grew from 32 last year to 45 this year,” Mathews says. “Many students mentioned this is why they enrolled at the school.”

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