HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL (February 11, 2022) –
Allstate continues its support of future collision repair professionals by funding a 2021 Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark Grant in partnership with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF). The $10,000 grant will be awarded to Thornton Fractional High School Center for Academics and Technology, located in Calumet City, Illinois, to improve its collision repair education program. The grant is a part of Allstate’s $55,000 donation to CREF in 2021.
“The collision repair industry is in a talent crisis,” said Sandee Lindorfer, Outside Auto Director for Allstate. “We need to make sure young people learning these trades have the right tools to advance their careers. One way of doing that is funding schools to help them get access to the right tools and technology to teach students.” Allstate has supported the efforts of the Collision Repair Education Foundation since 1991.
“On behalf of the collision school programs we are able to support through our industry partners, I thank Allstate for their continued support of our efforts,” said Managing Director Brandon Eckenrode. “Their generosity extends beyond this monetary donation, which allows us to help collision instructors with their program budget needs, to include providing vehicle donations and volunteering on our Board of Trustees.”
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 to provide supplies necessary to teach students. For those interested in applying, applications for the 2022 grants will be available online in February.
Industry members interested in getting involved and supporting the CREF’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.
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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.