Hoffman Estates, IL- October 30, 2012 – The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced the two winning Ultimate Collision Education Makeover winning schools during the organization’s industry reception held during the SEMA 2012. Nichols Career Center (Jefferson City, MO) was selected as the secondary school Makeover winner and Manhattan Area Technical College (Manhattan, KS) was selected as the post-secondary Makeover winner. Seventy schools from thirty one states applied for the 2012 Makeover grant and a selection committee made up of the Education Foundation’s volunteer Board of Trustees selected the two schools. Over the next several months, the Education Foundation will be working to fulfill the two school’s collision programs $50,000 wish lists of needed tools equipment and supplies.
Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director Clark Plucinski noted, “It was great bringing the collision industry together during our industry reception to not only highlight the support the organization has provided to collision school programs through the generosity of our industry donors but also surprise both of these instructors that their collision programs will have their $50,000 wish lists fulfilled. We look forward to working together with not only the two winning schools but also focusing support on all of the applicant schools, as they took the time and effort to let us know their specific collision needs. Congratulations again to both Nichols Career Center and Manhattan Area Technical College!”
In addition to fulfilling the full wish lists of the two winning schools, as the Makeover application requires that all applicant schools provide an itemized $50,000 collision wish lists, the Education Foundation will be sharing the applicant school’s specific requests with the company’s represented in order to help as many collision programs as possible. Industry members interested in participating with the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s Makeover winning school and/or the other applicants, please contact Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or 847-463-5244.