Hoffman Estates, Ill. (February 20, 2021) –
Service King supported the Collision Repair Education Foundation and the industry at-large by awarding $25,000 worth of funding, which was distributed to six schools in need. Four $5,000 grants were awarded through the Foundation’s Benchmark Grant program, and two Texas high schools received $2,500 each through the Service King Way Grant: In Honor of Mario Malacara. Eligibility for these awards was achieved by applying for the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s 2020 Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark Grant.
“Service King is dedicated to supporting young talent interested in the auto collision industry,” stated Sean Huurman, Chief Human Resources Office for Service King. “Our financial commitment to these schools is one piece of our partnership to provide a practical education for those needing assistance. We are thrilled to support these programs and students.” 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. Recipient schools use these funds to provide the tools, equipment and supplies necessary to enhance their students’ learning experience and elevate the caliber of their graduates, ensuring that graduates 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.
Service King awarded $5,000 Benchmark Grants to:
· Contra Costa College (San Pablo, CA)
· Maxwell High School of Technology (Lawrenceville, GA)
· Lincoln College of Technology (Nashville, TN)
· Collin College (Allen, TX)
The Service King Way Grant was established in 2017 to honor the memory of Mario Malacara, an admired member of the Service King family. Malacara dedicated his life to the collision
industry, and his loyalty left a lasting impact on the industry, through his mentorship and legislative efforts. His legacy lives on through this grant, allowing him to continue to inspire the next generation of collision repair professionals.
Two schools received $2,500 Service King Way Grants:
· Skyline High School (Dallas, TX)
· Kingwood Park High School (Kingwood, TX)
Service King has supported the efforts of the Collision Repair Education Foundation since 1994. For additional information about Service King, visit www.serviceking.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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