HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – August 20, 2013 – As high school and college collision school programs across the country are beginning their fall semester, now is the ideal time for collision industry members to get involved with their local school through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. With the average collision school budget being $6,300 annually to purchase all needed tools and equipment; industry’s assistance is vital in helping to provide the best technical education possible for students.
Industry members can get involved with their local collision school programs in many different ways:
• Tour the school and meet with instructors and administration – Developing a strong relationship with both the instructor and administration helps all parties understand that the students technical education is valued and worth investing in.
• Sponsor student safety kits – Collision school budgets are limited enough already but through the industry members sponsoring items such as safety glasses, work uniforms, respirators, mechanic gloves, and other basic items, not only will it help keep students safe and looking professional but will allow other budgetary funds to be utilized for other needs.
• Volunteer on advisory committee – Through serving on an advisory committee, industry members can work together with the instructor to ensure what is being taught will produce effective and productive entry-level job applicants after graduation.
• Sponsor a ‘collision facelift’ – Many of these collision school programs are in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint on the walls, a newly epoxied floor, and classroom equipment upgrades. Providing the students with a professional learning and shop environment will bring a new level respect to the program.
• Host a school field trip at your business – Students learning about collision businesses will only help their understanding and knowledge of the industry.
The Collision Repair Education Foundation has recently updated the “Volunteer” section online which includes additional information and guides for industry members interested in getting involved with their collision school programs. Collision industry members interested in getting involved with their local high school and/or college collision school programs through the Collision Repair Education Foundation should contact Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5244.