Hoffman Estates, IL – January 22, 2020– LKQ Corporation, the leading provider of alternative and specialty parts to the automotive industry, continued its support of the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) with an end-of-year, 2019 contribution of $25,000. LKQ’s annual contribution allows CREF the ability to work on attracting students to local technical programs, support the students while in school, and help connect the students to local/national industry employers.
Terry Fortner, LKQ Vice President – Insurance, Sales and Marketing noted, “The shortage of collision repair and refinish technicians, combined with the declining budgets at technical schools, continues to be a serious challenge for our industry. LKQ is proud to support CREF in its work to support students and schools and connect people with industry employers.”
CREF Executive Director Clark Plucinski noted, “LKQ’s continued support of CREF provides crucial support to the industry’s efforts to help collision schools across the country. These schools graduate productive, efficient, and capable staff members Day 1 on the job within the collision industry. LKQ’s support assists in our ability to help high school and post-secondary collision instructors provide the quality technical education their students need to succeed in the industry.”
Companies interested in joining the Collision Repair Education Foundation in supporting high school and college collision programs, and instructors should contact Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or 312.231.0258.
LKQ Corporation (www.lkqcorp.com) is a leading provided of alternative and specialty parts to repair and accessorize automobiles and other vehicles. LKQ has operations in North America, Europe and Taiwan. LKQ offers its customers a broad range of replacement systems, components, equipment and parts to repair and accessorize automobiles, trucks, and recreational and performance vehicles.
About the Collision Repair Education Foundation:
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.