A new surface-preparation training program taught by factory experts skilled in Blastrac equipment, Sawtec hand tools and Schmidt abrasive airblast equipment is available in Oklahoma City. Called SPARC: Surface Preparation Academic Resource Center, this course offers comprehensive training on popular surface preparation methods and equipment. The 21⁄2-day program includes discussion of common surface preparation methods such as shot blasting, abrasive airblasting, diamond grinding and scarification. Participants are taught to use different preparation techniques according to job site characteristics, specified coatings, desired results and costs. Classes are held at the Blastrac factory. For more information, call (800) 256-3440 or visit www.surfacepreparation.com.