HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – December, 20, 2013 – American Family Insurance has come to the aid of Madison Area Technical College (MATC) collision students through the sponsorship of $20,000 (retail) in new tools for the school’s auto collision repair program through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The tool grant will assist in the school’s ability to provide a current technical education to the collision students and prepare them for entry-level work within the collision industry upon graduation.
American Family Insurance Auto Policies & Procedures Administrator Dan Endres noted, “American Family Insurance is proud to partner with MATC in their goal of providing an outstanding technical education, including the auto collision repair and refinish program. We hope our donation will ensure those students who wish to continue in this program can pursue their dreams, and not be deterred by a lack of resources.”
Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode noted, “I would like to thank American Family Insurance for their support of MATC and this incredible tool grant for their collision program. MATC, like many other collision school programs across the country, are facing reduced and limited budgets to work within and only through the generosity of our industry supporters are these types of incredible gifts possible. Through MATC being a consistent applicant of our annual Makeover school grant, we were able to match up their need for tools with American Family Insurance’s desire to support the future professionals of the collision industry.”
Madison Area Technical College Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Program Director and Instructor Tim Hoege noted, “American Family Insurance is a strong partner to the Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Program at Madison Area Technical College. When we put the call out asking for support of the program and our students, they didn’t hesitate. No longer will the cost of the tools prevent a qualified student from starting our program. In the past, the students had to purchase the toolkits upfront. This way, the tools are here for them to use, ready on day one. It means a lot to these students to have this support.”
For additional information about American Family Insurance visit www.amfam.com. Collision industry businesses interested in joining the Collision Repair Education Foundation in supporting high school and college collision school programs should contact Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at 847-463-5244. Industry businesses can learn more information about the organization and make a donation online by visiting www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org.