Hoffman Estates, Ill. (December 17, 2019) –
Of the $250,000 in grants that the Collision Repair Education Foundation announced during its annual reception, held at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel during the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nev., a large portion of the grants were funded directly by industry companies that support the Foundation’s initiatives. Eligibility for these awards was achieved by applying for the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s 2019 Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark Grant.
The Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark Grants recognize schools that excel at educating students in collision repair, but due to strained school budgets, the programs require additional financial assistance to provide the tools, equipment and supplies necessary to ensure that students are prepared to successfully enter the workforce upon graduation.
Melissa Marscin, director of operations/administration for the Foundation, stated, “The Collision Repair Education Foundation is proud of the industry’s dedication to supporting collision repair education and the next generation of collision repair professionals. School funding is decreasing, but industry members across the country are stepping up and filling the gap. They recognize the importance of these students receiving the best possible education because they realize that today’s students could be tomorrow’s employees in their shops.”
The Foundation is grateful to all the industry supporters who, through their generous donations, help ensure the future generation receives a proper education to prepare them for a successful career in the collision repair industry after graduation.
Industry members interested in supporting the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s efforts to assist secondary and post-secondary collision repair training programs should contact Brandon Eckenrode, Director of Development, at 312-231-0258 or Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org.
A portion of the grants awarded by industry companies partnering with the Foundation include:
CARSTAR School Grants
Hammond Area Career Center (Hammond, IN): $2,500
Metropolitan Community College (Omaha, NE): $2,500
Enterprise Holdings Inc. School Grants
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School (Marlboro, MA): $1,125
Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School (Charlton, MA): $1,125
Fix Auto School Grant and Tim Clark Memorial Scholarship
Fix Auto Puyallup School Grant – Bellingham Technical College (Bellingham, WA): $1,000
Tim Clark Memorial Scholarship – Norwalk High School (Norwalk, CA): $5,000
Honda Motor Co. School Grants
Cerritos College (Norwalk, CA): $4,000
Pennsylvania College of Technology (Williamsport, PA): $4,000
Liberty Mutual/Safeco Insurance School Grants
Greater Lowell Technical High School (Tyngsboro, MA): $2,500
Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School (Palmer, MA): $2,500
PPG School Grant
Rosedale Technical College (Pittsburgh, PA): $1,500
The Collision Repair Education Foundation, founded in 1991, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting collision repair educational programs, schools, and students to create qualified, entry-level employees and connect them with an array of career opportunities. For information on how to donate to programs supported by the Education Foundation, visit us online at: www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org.
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