Hoffman Estates, Ill. (March 8, 2021) –
The Collision Repair Education Foundation announces American Family Insurance has made a $12,000 donation to fund a dozen Benchmark Grants. Twelve schools around the country were awarded $1,000 each, which will be used to enhance their collision repair education programs and provide the resources necessary to ensure students are receiving the education they – and the industry – deserve.
“Our company strongly believes in educational opportunities,” said Danny Henderson, Enterprise Claims Associate Vice President for American Family Insurance. “It’s especially satisfying to provide grants to programs like these that directly support the insurance industry and insurance professionals.”
Eligibility for the American Family Insurance Grants awards was achieved by applying for the Foundation’s 2020 Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark Grant. This grant is designed to 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. Recipient schools use these funds to enhance their students’ experience and elevate the caliber of their graduates, ensuring that students are prepared to successfully enter the workforce upon graduation. Applications for the 2021 Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark Grants will be available online in March 2021.
American Family Insurance funded $1,000 grants to benefit:
· West-MEC (Phoenix, AZ)
· East Valley Institute of Technology (Mesa, AZ)
· Gateway Community College, Central City Campus (Phoenix, AZ)
· Morgan Community College (Ft. Morgan, CO)
· Warren Tech (Lakewood, CO)
· Aims Community College Automotive Programs (Windsor, CO)
· Kennedy-King College (Chicago, IL)
· Marengo Community High School, District 154 (Marengo, IL)
· Lex La-Ray Technical Center (Lexington, MO)
· Wenatchee Valley Technical Skills Center (Wenatchee, WA)
· Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (Fennimore, WI)
· Germantown High School (Germantown, WI)
American Family Insurance is an avid supporter of the Collision Repair Education Foundation. For additional information about American Family Insurance, visit www.amfam.com.
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. Monetary donations can be made online.
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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