Hoffman Estates, Ill. (June 2, 2022) –
The Collision Repair Education Foundation’s goal is to support collision repair educational programs, schools and students to create qualified, entry-level employees and connect them with an array of career opportunities; however, that’s not possible without the industry’s support. Volunteer I-CAR Committees around the country avidly support the Foundation’s initiatives by coordinating local fundraisers, sponsoring uniforms and more to benefit their local collision school programs. During I-CAR’s recent Zone Conferences, CREF recognized 21 I-CAR Committees for their 2021 dedication to the industry’s future by holding a fundraiser for their local collision school programs in 2021.
“The Foundation’s role is to facilitate the industry’s generosity, and I-CAR Committees that support CREF are very generous!” states CREF Managing Director Brandon Eckenrode. “We recognized 21 committees for their extensive efforts in supporting their local collision school programs and students in 2021 through a multitude of fundraising initiatives.”
Each committee received a unique bowling pin which was repaired, designed and painted by collision students around the country for use as recognition awards. I-CAR believes that local engagement with schools and students is so important that many of their committee goals are related to these efforts. Committees are encouraged to get involved with school advisory boards, the “Adopt-a-School” program, host or attend a local career fair, and collaborate with CREF to hold a fundraising event to benefit a local school.
“Many of our committees are heavily involved with their local schools and support CREF because it yields positive results. They love participating with the schools, which aligns with I-CAR’s goal to do our part in improving the talent crisis across the collision industry,” shares I-CAR Director of Field Sales, Career & Technical Education Terry Ticel. “Our committees’ participation in the adopt-a-school program, fundraising events and advisory board involvement allows us to work closer with CREF and support their initiatives, while being visible in the schools and support the industry. This allows industry experts to provide students and instructors with insight into what the collision repair industry is truly seeking in entry-level technicians. That connection and communication is so important for both the schools’ and the students’ success, and as well as the industry’s future success.”
On April 9th, during the I-CAR Eastern Zone Conference in Charlotte, NC, CREF honored seven committees that have made a significant impact on the future generation of collision repair professionals.
- Albany, NY I-CAR Committee
- Greater Philadelphia, PA I-CAR Committee
- Palm Beach, FL I-CAR Committee
- Broward County, FL I-CAR Committee
- Atlanta, GA I-CAR Committee
- Nashville, TN I-CAR Committee
- Knoxville, TN I-CAR Committee
The I-CAR Central Zone Conference took place the weekend of April 22 in St. Louis, MO with 13 I-CAR committees receiving recognition for their efforts to support collision schools and students.
- Columbus, OH I-CAR Committee
- Ohio Northeast I-CAR Committee
- Ohio West I-CAR Committee
- Indianapolis, IN I-CAR Committee
- Northwest IN I-CAR Committee
- Northeast IN I-CAR Committee
- Southern IN I-CAR Committee
- Fox Valley, WI I-CAR Committee
- Milwaukee, WI I-CAR Committee
- Madison, WI I-CAR Committee
- North Central WI I-CAR Committee
- Louis I-CAR Committee
- Houston I-CAR Committee
On May 21, the I-CAR Western Zone Conference took place in Phoenix, AZ, where CREF recognized one committee:
- Phoenix I-CAR Committee
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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