HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL (February 26, 2020) – The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) continues its efforts to connect high school and college transportation (collision, auto service, etc) students with local and national industry employers through their career fair events. There are 10 events remaining this spring school semester, with the Oklahoma City and Denver events taking part in conjunction with their Auto Shows. Not only do these Auto Show events help connect the hundreds of attending students but also showcases the industry to the attending general public. The remaining spring career fair schedule includes:
- Chicago, IL (3/6) – Donald E. Stephens Convention Center – Part of World of Wheels/AutoRama Student Day – 1,200 students anticipated
- Oklahoma City, OK (3/6) – Part of Oklahoma Auto Show – 900 students anticipated
- Salt Lake City, UT (3/13) – Mountain America Expo Center (Sandy, UT) – Part of World of Wheels/AutoRama Student Day – 500 students anticipated
- Boston, MA (3/20) –Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center – Part of World of Wheels/AutoRama Student Day – 500 students anticipated
- New York City, NY (4/2)- NYADI College of Automotive & Diesel Technology (Jamaica, NY) – 250 students anticipated
- Denver, CO (4/3) – Colorado Convention Center – Part of Denver Auto Show – 300 students anticipated
- Orlando/Tampa Bay, FL (4/9) – Hillsborough Community College Ybor Training Center (Tampa, FL) – 400 students anticipated
- Atlanta, GA (4/21)- Maxwell High School of Technology (Lawrenceville, GA) – 250 students anticipated
- North & South Carolina (4/30)- Gateway Conference Center (Richburg, SC) Part of Carolinas Collision Association Educational Conference – 200 students anticipated
- Philadelphia, PA (5/7)– Technical College High School Brandywine Campus (Downington, PA) Part of ACE Event – 200 students anticipated
Kim Jackson, Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) Marketing & Communications Director noted, “When the CADA partnered with CREF last year, and put the automotive career fair on the Denver Auto Show floor, we gave students who were about to graduate from tech school career options. Like any of us, students wat a choice in their careers. At the career fair, they got a chance to talk at length with franchised new car dealers and collision repair shops to determine which path was best for them. Our dealers loved the event! One dealer said this was the best way for his team to identify auto tech students. Another dealer hired a couple students on the spot and was the first company to register for the event this year.”
Peter Hodges, President of the Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association (MADA) of Oklahoma City, noted, “We are excited to be working together with the Collision Repair Education Foundation to be organizing our first career fair event on the Oklahoma City Auto Show floor and the fact that nearly 900 students are registered for the event is incredible. Both the auto service and collision industry’s are facing the same issue of an aging workforce and need for entry-level staff so collaborating on this initiative will help introduce students to local and national employers at the event. Having the employers on the show floor when the OKC Auto Show is open to the public also helps showcase the need to attending parents and younger attendees.”
For additional information and/or to register for a career fair event, contact Collision Repair Education Foundation Development and Marketing Coordinator Tiffany Bulak at Tiffany.Bulak@ed-foundation.org.
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.