Hoffman Estates, Ill. (January 17, 2022) –
GEICO continued its support of the collision industry in 2021 by sponsoring five Benchmark Grants through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. Each selected schools will receive a $3,000 grant, designed to help underfunded collision education programs elevate the caliber of training offered to ensure graduates are prepared to successfully begin their careers in the industry.
“GEICO has always valued investing in education in all the communities we call home. We are delighted to continue our long-standing partnership with the Collision Repair Education Foundation,” said Ryan West, GEICO’s Assistant Vice President. “Donations like these, that go to schools across the country, are a cornerstone of our community-focused work.”
The schools that will benefit from GEICO’s generosity include the following:
- Dauphin County Technical School (Harrisburg, PA)
- Des Moines Area Community College (Ankeny, IA)
- Earnest Pruett Center of Technology (Hollywood, AL)
- Ogden High School (Ogden, UT)
- Stanly Community College (Albemarle, NC)
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 2022 Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark Grants will be available online in January 2022.
Industry members interested in getting involved and supporting the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s efforts to assist secondary and post-secondary collision repair training programs should contact Brandon Eckenrode, Managing Director, 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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