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HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – March 17th, 2017 – The Collision Repair Education Foundation is requesting the industry’s support of several upcoming fundraisers that are being organized by I-CAR volunteer committees. The I-CAR committees are made up of local industry members who volunteer their time to help support their local collision school programs. Funds raised at these events are reinvested into local collision school programs and help provide school grants, student scholarships, student uniforms, and more.
Upcoming events include:
• March 24th – Texas I-CAR Committee Coalition (Dallas, Houston, San Antonio) – Johnny Dickerson Memorial Golf Fundraiser in Dallas
• April 26th – Atlanta I-CAR Committee Golf Fundraiser
• May 4th – Indianapolis I-CAR Committee Golf Fundraiser
• May 18th – Nashville I-CAR Committee Golf Fundraiser
• May 18th – Memphis I-CAR Committee Golf Fundraiser
• May 25th – Knoxville I-CAR Committee Golf Fundraiser
Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode noted, “I cannot thank all the I-CAR volunteer committees and volunteers enough for their local efforts in volunteering their time to help raise additional funds and awareness for collision school programs. As the funds raised at these events are reinvested into local collision school programs and students, it allows us to work towards ensuring collision school programs have the funding needed to provide the best technical education possible. With the Education Foundation being a full-time staff of 5 and schools around the country needing support, it’s through these committees that we have a real opportunity to make a difference at the local level. I would ask the industry to please support these events so that more can be reinvested into local collision programs.”
Industry members looking to support and participate in any of the local I-CAR volunteer committee events can contact Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org/ 847-463-5244 to be connected with event organizers.
Hoffman Estates, IL– March 17, 2017 – The PPG Foundation has provided $20,000 in funding for the Collision Repair Education Foundation that would be awarded to students who have demonstrated a career interest in automotive repair and refinish. The scholarships, $5,000 each, are awarded annually to full-time students attending a post-secondary school with a focus on degree programs in collision repair. The funds may be used to assist the students with educational expenses as tuition, books, tools, and equipment. Scholarship award winners will be announced later this spring.
Domenic Brusco, PPG Automotive Sr. Manager, MVP Business Solutions & Industry Relations noted, “We proudly support the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s efforts in assisting the future professionals of the collision industry. Now more than ever do we need to showcase this industry as a viable career option for students and through these scholarships, we can help remove some of the financial barriers they face during their technical education.”
Industry members interested in working together with the Collision Repair Education Foundation in supporting secondary and post-secondary collision repair students, instructors, and their school programs should contact Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5244 or Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org.
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The PPG Foundation aims to bring color and brightness to PPG communities in the United States. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovator in industries related to coatings and specialty materials. Plus, we empower PPG employees to make an impact for causes that are important to them by supporting their volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Learn more at www.ppgcommunities.com and follow @PPG_Communities on Twitter.
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The Collision Repair Education Foundation, founded in 1991, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to securing donations that support philanthropic and collision repair education activities that promote and enhance career opportunities in the industry. For information on how to donate to programs supported by the Education Foundation visit us on the Internet at: www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org.
Collision industry employers will have large pool of trained students to interview at Career Fairs in San Diego, Calif, Houston and Dallas, Texas
HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – March 8, 2017 – The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced that over 1000 students have registered for its next three Spring Career fairs being held in San Diego, Calif., Houston and Dallas, Texas during March.
The first career fair is scheduled for tomorrow, March 9 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The career fair is being hosted by ProSpot International at its facility in Carlsbad, Calif. The event was scheduled in conjunction with the I-CAR Volunteer and Instructor Conference that will be held March 10-12 in La Jolla.
“This is the second year for our Spring Career Fair schedule and students are responding in record numbers,” said Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode. “The Career Fairs are key components of the Foundation’s mission to support collision repair educational programs, schools, and students to create qualified, entry-level employees and connect them with an array of career opportunities. Also, this year we are working closely with ASE, having them invite their collision and automotive school program contacts to the events, which in some markets is nearly doubling last year’s attendance numbers.”
Employers at collision repair facilities, insurance companies and suppliers will have the opportunity during the career fair to take employment applications and interview potential new employees who have participated in collision repair and automotive mechanical repair training programs.
The remaining Spring Career Fair schedule is as follows
Spring 2017 Initial Collision Career Fair
• San Diego, CA – March 9th
• Houston, TX – March 22nd
• Dallas, TX – March 23rd
• Phoenix, AZ – April 15th
• Pittsburgh, PA – April 19th
• St. Louis, MO – April 21st
• Chicago, IL –May 2nd
• Madison, WI – May 3rd
• Denver, CO – May 8th
• Nashville, TN – May 17th
Collision repair facilities, insurance companies and suppliers interested in participating in these events should contact Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5244. The fall 2017 career fair locations and dates will be announced this summer.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – February 27, 2017 – In 2016 the collision industry provided over $12 million in donations to high school and college collision school programs through the Collision Repair Education Foundation, an increase of over 13 percent from 2015. Over $60 million has been provided since 2008 when the Education Foundation began its philanthropic focus of assisting collision school programs and students.
“In 2016 the Education Foundation made significant strides to help achieve its vision of a collision industry with a sufficient number of qualified, properly trained, and immediately productive entry-level employees to meet current and future Industry needs. Through the collision industry’s generous support we are able to deliver on our mission to support collision repair school programs and students to connect them with the array of careers opportunities across the industry,” said Clark Plucinski, Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director. “Working together as an industry ensures that the students graduate and are productive and efficient day one. Thank you for supporting our efforts as we are truly making a difference supporting schools and students across the country.”
The Education Foundation continues to be recognized by Charity Navigator as a Four (out of Four) Star Charity, and returned eight-eight cents of every dollar donated towards supporting the school programs, instructors, and students in 2016.
Stacy Bartnik, Collision Repair Education Foundation Board of Trustees Chair from ITW Evercoat said, “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, staff and the collision school programs and students we were able to support, I would like to thank our 2016 donors. We had an incredible year that saw us clearly define our Vision and Mission and establish 16 collision career fairs across the U.S. that were attended by over 4000 students interested in entering the industry. In 2017, we have already developed a statement of need, in conjunction with our industry supporters, to clearly define the steps necessary to achieve our Vision. I would invite companies and individuals to join us in providing support.”
For additional information about the Collision Repair Education Foundation, visit CollisionEducationFoundation.org. Inter-industry organizations and individuals who are interested in supporting the Collision Repair Education Foundation in 2017 and increase the amount of assistance provided to collision schools and students should contact Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed‑foundation.org / 847.463.5244.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – March 2, 2017 – There is still time to support military veterans and their families through the 3M Hire Our Heroes program and purchase the second annual 3M Hire Our Heroes Calendar for 2017. In partnership with the 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division (AAD), the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) announced it has donated more than $750,000 since 2013 to be used toward scholarships and tool grants for more than 210 military veterans and their families through the 3M Hire Our Heroes program.
Shops interested in participating in this program can acquire a 2017 Hire Our Heroes Calendar with a $200 donation online. (https://53713.thankyou4caring.org/2017-3m-calendar-campaign).
In 2017, 3M AAD and CREF are marking the fifth year of the program, and continuing an innovative way for shops to get involved, both organizations will be facilitating the second annual 3M Hire Our Heroes Calendar for 2017. With the $200 donation, designated to the 3M Hire Our Heroes fund, shops not only give to a worthy cause, they will also receive the commemorative calendar which contains approximately $1,700 worth of monthly deals on 3M products. In 2016, this initiative raised $210,000 for scholarships and tool grants distributed to military veterans and their family members who are studying collision repair.
Those who make a $200 donation will be able to take advantage of exclusive free product offers on a wide array of 3M products, such as the 3M™ PPS ™ Sun Gun™ II light kit, 3M™ Power Tools, 3M™ Masking Tape, 3M™ Cubitron™ II abrasives, and other 3M™ products. Plus this year a bonus offer has been added: When a shop participates in all 12 months of promotional offers, they will qualify to receive a sample of new products introduced by 3M AAD in 2018. The first 500 people to make the $200 donation will also receive, in addition to the calendars, a Hire Our Heroes replica hood designed by automotive designer Chip Foose.
Each month, shops receive an email with the information they need to redeem the coupon for the free products, based on their qualifying purchases, and made on one invoice.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – February 16, 2017 – Audatex, a Solera Company donated $2,309,580 in software subscriptions to collision schools across the United States in 2016 through a partnership with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF). Their program, Audatex Educational Institutions Program, has donated subscriptions of the company’s estimating software to more than 250 collision repair programs at schools in 40 states through its collaboration with CREF.
Through the CREF and Audatex Educational Institutions Program partnership, eligible collision schools in North America can have access to Audatex Estimating with multi-user software licenses, online courses and training, a custom curriculum that offers CEUs and I-CAR points, and technical support, all at no charge. Training today’s students with the latest technology has the potential to benefit the industry in the long run.
Don Mikrut, Vice President of Collision Repair Services at Audatex, said, “Audatex is proud to partner with the Collision Repair Education Foundation, an association that focuses on the education necessary to be successful in the collision industry. The collision repair industry requires a well-trained, skilled workforce to repair vehicles safely and efficiently, as well as adapt to the rapid pace of vehicle design and technology. In 2016, in partnership with CREF, Audatex made a commitment to provide our collision estimating solution to collision repair schools to provide them with access to state-of-the-art tools for collision repair estimating. CREF is an organization that our industry should rally behind to support as we need to ensure the proper education for students that look to our industry as a career.”
Brandon Eckenrode, Director of Development for the Foundation said, “I would like to thank Audatex for their continued support of the industry’s future workforce. Their support enhances student success as young people start their career in the industry.”
To qualify, technical and vocational schools in the USA and Canada that offer a collision repair program need to fill out the Educational Institutions Program Contact Form on the Audatex website, www.Audatex.us.