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Tomorrow’s Collision Professionals Learn on Today’s Repair Planning Software Thanks to Donations from Audatex, CCC and Mitchell Through CREF

Hoffman Estates, Ill. (April 15, 2024) – Would any shop owner be impressed by a young estimator who demonstrated their knowledge by pulling out a clipboard, paper and pen as they began inspecting a damaged vehicle? Probably not – with today’s complex vehicles, most shops utilize modern estimating software, and a new hire who isn’t …

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Racing to Support Collision Students: Northeast Ohio I-CAR Committee Chair to Run 209 Miles for CREF Fundraiser

Racing to Support Collision Students: Northeast Ohio I-CAR Committee Chair to Run 209 Miles for CREF Fundraiser Hoffman Estates, Ill. (March 12, 2024) – Ensuring the next generation of collision repair professionals is trained and equipped to hit the ground running when they enter the field is why the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) was …

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CREF Introduces 2024 Executive Committee, Announces New Chair and Welcomes Two New Board Members

CREF Introduces 2024 Executive Committee, Announces New Chair and Welcomes Two New Board Members Hoffman Estates, Ill. (February 12, 2024) – The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is excited to introduce its newly appointed Executive Committee, which consists of seven industry professionals who are dedicated to supporting the future of the industry through engagement with …

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CREF Benchmark Grants Enhance Ability to Educate Students, 2024 Applications Now Open!

CREF Benchmark Grants Enhance Ability to Educate Students, 2024 Applications Now Open! Hoffman Estates, Ill. (February 5, 2024) – Collision repair is an intriguing field to pursue, yet schools often struggle to attract and retain students in their collision programs, not because there’s a lack of interest but typically due to a lack of access …

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Money for a Collision Education: CREF Opens 2024 Scholarship Applications

Money for a Collision Education: CREF Opens 2024 Scholarship Applications Hoffman Estates, Ill. (January 11, 2024) – Tuition is expensive, especially for aspiring collision repair professionals who also need to stock their toolboxes, but the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) wants to help! Funding is available for secondary and post-secondary collision students to support their …

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Fueling the Future: CREF Honors Industry Professionals at SEMA 2023

Fueling the Future: CREF Honors Industry Professionals at SEMA 2023 Hoffman Estates, Ill. (November 14, 2023) – The 2023 SEMA Show was a time for celebrations, and the Collision Repair Education Foundation certainly took advantage of the opportunity! In addition to hosting its Benchmark Grants Awards Breakfast where $678,500 in funds were bestowed upon 109 …

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Over 100 Collision Schools Receive $668,500 in 2023 Benchmark Grants, Funded by Generous Industry Supporters and Facilitated by CREF

Over 100 Collision Schools Receive $668,500 in 2023 Benchmark Grants, Funded by Generous Industry Supporters and Facilitated by CREF Hoffman Estates, Ill. (November 13, 2023) – There’s strength in numbers, and that’s certainly the message that’s been sent by the many supporters of Collision Repair Education Foundation’s (CREF) Benchmark Grant program. Thanks to the generosity …

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CREF Celebrates 2023 PiN Master Winners

CREF Celebrates 2023 PiN Master Winners Hoffman Estates, Ill. (October 16, 2023) – The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is excited to celebrate the winners of the 2023 PiN Master Challenge, held in conjunction with FinishMaster’s Hood Master Challenge on September 22, 2023 at the Biltwell in Indianapolis, IN. Over 350 guests turned out to …

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CREF Welcomes Kristle Bollans to Board of Directors

CREF Welcomes Kristle Bollans to Board of Directors Hoffman Estates, Ill. (October 4, 2023) The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is excited to welcome Kristle Bollans, Senior Director of Replacement Accounts for The Hertz Corporation, to its Board of Directors. “The Foundation is thrilled to have Kristle join our Board of Directors,” shares CREF Executive …

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CREF Fall 2023 High School & College Transportation Student Career Fairs Connect Industry with Future Collision Professionals

CREF Fall 2023 High School & College Transportation Student Career Fairs Connect Industry with Future Collision Professionals Hoffman Estates, Ill. (September 11, 2023) – Looking for fresh talent to fill your bays and keep your workflow flowing productively? Shops, suppliers and other collision industry businesses seeking qualified help need look no further than the Collision …

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