Press Releases

  • CCC DONATED MORE THAN $4 MILLION IN SOFTWARE SUBSCRIPTIONS TO COLLISION SCHOOLS IN 2016 THROUGH THE COLLISION REPAIR EDUCATION FOUNDATION

    February 16th, 2017  

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – February 16, 2017 – CCC Information Services Inc. (“CCC”), through its partnership with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (“CREF”), donated more than $4 million in software subscriptions to qualified secondary and post-secondary schools in 2016. CCC and CREF offer CCC ONE® Estimating software at no cost to technical schools and colleges that have a qualifying collision repair program.

    Student and teacher recipients of CCC ONE software learn how to write estimates while examining damaged vehicles. The software package includes access to collision repair databases, digital imaging capabilities, and CCC ONE® Touch, a mobile estimating solution designed exclusively for tablets.

    “Educating the next generation of collision repairers is critically important,” said Mary Jo Prigge, President, Service Operations, CCC. “CCC is proud to work with CREF to provide collision repair schools with the industry’s most advanced software, giving them an opportunity to learn with the tools they will encounter once they start their careers.”

    Brandon Eckenrode, Director of Development for the Foundation said, “I would like to thank CCC for their long-standing support of collision repair schools and students. Access to the latest information technology helps students succeed in the collision industry.”

    CCC Information Services Inc. has been providing software, workflow tools, and new technologies to collision repairers since it was founded in 1980.

  • MITCHELL INTERNATIONAL DONATED OVER $700,000 IN SOFTWARE SUBSCRIPTIONS TO COLLISION SCHOOLS IN 2016

    February 16th, 2017  

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – February 16, 2017 – In partnership with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), Mitchell International donated more than $700,000 in software to schools across the United States in 2016. Through this collaboration, thousands of students who were enrolled in qualified collision education programs learned with the same software as many professionals across North America and Europe. There is no cost to students or schools to use the software through this program.

    In addition to software, Mitchell sponsored collision student safety kits (work pants/shirts, dust masks, safety glasses, ear plugs) for 50 students at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. and 14 students at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Shelbyville, Tenn.

    Mitchell has continually supported a hands-on collision repair education program that offers in-kind donations, including uniforms and estimating software. Not only does Mitchell software help to prepare the next generation of collision repair professionals, it also supports the Collision Repair Education Foundation mission in collecting important information about collision repair education programs.

    Debbie Day, EVP and General Manager – APD at Mitchell, said, “Repairer education has never been more important to the industry. Vehicles are more complex to repair than ever, and we at Mitchell believe technology will be critically important in addressing the changing landscape. CREF has a rich tradition of preparing students and Mitchell is proud to donate its software to schools and to partner with CREF in educating those interested in our industry.”

    Brandon Eckenrode, Director of Development for the Foundation said, “I would like to thank Mitchell International for their continued support of the industry’s pre-employment education system. Access to the latest technology during their training is a key driver of student success when they start their career in the collision industry.”

    The Collision Repair Education Foundation helps to connect collision repair programs at secondary and post-secondary technical schools and colleges across the country with software providers, like Mitchell. To qualify for the free software, qualifying schools need to fill out the Collision Repair Schools Solutions Survey, available on the Foundation website, www.collisioneducationfoundation.org. The survey is required once a year for a renewal of the software subscription.

    The Education Foundation uses the information gathered from the Collision Repair School Solutions Survey to track important details about school programs, key academic performance indicators, and crucial program needs for new tools and equipment necessary to train students for careers in today’s collision repair industry. The longitudinal survey enables the Foundation to understand the capabilities of schools as they evolve over time both in response to Collision Repair Education Foundation initiatives, local industry involvement with the school programs, as well as changes within the schools and the communities they serve.

  • REGISTRATION OPEN FOR COLLISION REPAIR EDUCATION FOUNDATION’S 16TH ANNUAL GOLF FUNDRAISER. EARLY REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED!

    February 6th, 2017  

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – February 6, 2017 – Registration for the 16th Annual Collision Repair Education Foundation Golf Fundraiser and the LORD Fusor sponsored Helicopter Golf Ball Drop are now open. Organizers anticipate the Golf Fundraiser selling out during the spring, so early registration is encouraged. The event supports the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) in their mission to provide support for collision repair programs at high schools, colleges, and technical schools across North America.

    The fundraiser will be held near the CREF headquarters, at Harborside International Golf Course in Chicago on Monday, July 24, 2017, just as many convene in Chicago for NACE Automechanika 2017.

    Brandon Eckenrode, Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development, said, “As our golf fundraiser is coming to our hometown this year, we plan for an incredible event that will help us raise additional funds to support collision school programs. We anticipate that we will be sold out within a matter of a few short months, so please register early.”

    The fundraiser’s online registration page also offers golf balls for the LORD Fusor sponsored Helicopter Golf Ball Drop. Each golf ball costs $10, and participants in the golf ball drop are not required to attend the fundraiser or purchase a ticket. If all 1,200 golf balls are purchased, on the day of the event, a helicopter will drop the numbered golf balls over a hole on the golf course. The sponsor of the numbered ball that lands closest to, or inside of, the hole will win $6,000.

    Participants can register online through the Education Foundation’s website. Registration for the fundraiser includes 18 holes of golf, cart rental, beverages and snacks on the course, lunch, dinner, promotional items, and opportunities to participate in contests throughout the day.

    Those interested in sponsoring the fundraising event should contact CREF Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode, at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or 847-463-5244.

  • COLLISION REPAIR EDUCATION FOUNDATION KICKS OFF SPRING CAREER FAIRS WITH DES MOINES, IA ON FEBRUARY 3RD • STUDENT ATTENDANCE ANTICIPATED TO DOUBLE COMPARED TO 2016 THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH ASE / NATEF WITH INCLUSION OF AUTOMOTIVE STUDENTS

    February 6th, 2017  

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – January 26, 2017 – The Collision Repair Education Foundation will kick off their spring career fair schedule on Friday, February 3rd in Des Moines, IA, which will be followed by at least 11 additional scheduled career fair events. To ensure the best student participation possible at these events, the Education Foundation will be partnering with ASE/NATEF who will be inviting their collision and automotive school contacts to the events as well. Through this partnership, when the 2016 career fairs averaged just over 200 students per event, that attendance number is anticipated to double in some markets in 2017 through the inclusion of automotive/ mechanical students.

    Spring 2017 Initial Collision Career Fair
    • Des Moines, IA – February 3rd
    • 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
    • Seattle – Tentatively scheduled for week of May 8th
    • Nashville, TN – May 17th

    Locations and dates for the fall 2017 career fairs will be announced later this year. Companies interested in participating in these events should contact Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5244.

  • COLLISION REPAIR EDUCATION FOUNDATION SETS GOAL TO RAISE $100,000 FOR CHICAGO HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE COLLISION SCHOOL PROGRAMS BY NACE AUTOMECHANIKA CHICAGO

    February 6th, 2017  

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – January 26, 2017 – The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced a goal of raising $100,000 for Chicago Public School and City Colleges of Chicago collision school programs by NACE Automechanika Chicago this July. Over the next the next 6 months, the Collision Repair Education Foundation will be gathering support and donations from individuals and businesses that will be used to help Chicago collision school instructors ensure that their students receive the best technical education possible. Tax-deductible donations towards this initiative can be made online by selecting the “Chicago Schools Fund” or by texting “CHI” to 4-1444 and an individual can select the amount they would like to donate. A check presentation will take place on stage during NACE Automechanika Chicago the week of July 24th.

    Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode noted, “As automotive and industry members from around the country will be gathering in our hometown of Chicago this July, we would like to ask for their support in helping us reach our goal of raising $100,000 that will be distributed to inner-city Chicago high school and college collision school programs. This is our opportunity to showcase the industry’s generosity when we come together this summer and allow Chicago students see that the industry cares about their technical education and future.”

    “As the largest trade show focused on high-end technical training and product discovery for the automotive collision and service repair shops, we are extremely excited to be working with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF).  We are honored to have a role in promoting the great work of CREF,” commented show director, Bridget Ferris.  “Supporting our industry is the fundamental element on which NACE Automechanika Chicago was developed and it is our hope that others will join us in assisting with programs created to develop these future automotive professionals.”

    Questions regarding this initiative can be directed to Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org/ 847-463-5244.

  • COLLISION REPAIR EDUCATION FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES APPLICATION FOR ULTIMATE COLLISION EDUCATION MAKEOVER GRANTS

    February 6th, 2017  

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – January 26, 2017 – The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced that the application for their Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant is now available for high school and post-secondary collision school programs. The Makeover grant program is in its ninth year.

    Instructors are advised to begin the application early and industry professionals are encouraged to get involved with the Makeover grant by working with their local school’s collision instructors to help them apply. The winning schools will be announced during the SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nev. in October. Awards of up to $50,000 will be given.

    The Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant application is available online and is due by Thursday, June 1, 2017. Industry members are encouraged to work with their local collision school programs to ensure they apply by the deadline.

    “School collision programs are facing tremendous budgetary pressure. It is difficult for many to maintain their program at current capabilities, no less increase their abilities and improve the training they deliver to the industry’s future workforce,” said Melissa Marscin, Director of Grant Programs for the Foundation. “The Makeover grant program is designed to help collision schools get the much needed tools, equipment and supplies they couldn’t get otherwise and increase their capabilities. Last year, every school that applied received some level of support through both grants and in-kind donations.”

    The Makeover grant program incorporates the “Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark” that the Foundation launched last year. Under the new program developed by the Foundation, schools are classified into three tiers:

    • Tier 1: Advanced,
    • Tier 2: Proficient, or
    • Tier 3: Developing.

    The designation will be determined by the Foundation based upon information provided by schools about the capabilities of their program detailed in the Collision Repair Education Makeover grant application. The criteria for each level includes the number of hours of instruction, curriculum in place, along with what tools, equipment, and supplies a school uses to prepare their students for employment in the collision industry.

    If there is something that a school needs to advance to the next level, the Education Foundation’s grant application will allow a school to request that particular item. The goal is to help every school acquire the resources to eventually achieve a Tier 1: Advanced school designation. Schools at Tier 1 status can request support for items that further advance their program.

    The organization’s Board of Trustees Selection Committee will select the winners of the awards and determine what items off the wish lists each school will receive.

    Since 2009, schools have been able to apply for the Ultimate Collision Education Makeover Grant to get much needed tools, equipment, and supplies for their school. Over $4 million in cash and in-kind donations have been given out to schools as a result of the grant, and over 25,000 collision students have been impacted by the program.

    Industry members interested in getting involved with the Foundation and joining its efforts to support the future of the collision industry, please contact Foundation Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5244 or Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org.