Collision Repair Education Foundation

Farmers Insurance® Supports Mission of Collision Repair Education Foundation™

Donation of Salvage Vehicles Provides Valuable Training and Funding to Prepare Future Generation of Collision Repair Specialists

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. and HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Sept. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Beginning this fall, Farmers Insurance® will start the process of donating 30 salvage vehicles to the Collision Repair Education Foundation™ for use at vocational technical training centers across the country. The vehicles will serve as a learning resource for the future generation of collision repair specialists.

Farmers® will deliver the first of the salvage vehicles to respective Collision Repair Education Foundation approved training centers in time for the fall semester. Once the donated vehicles are repaired and sold, the proceeds will be donated by Farmers to the foundation, who will use the funds to purchase essential training supplies for the training centers.

“Our work with the Collision Repair Education Foundation gives Farmers the opportunity to help support repair collision education and the careers of future repair specialists,” said Gerry Poirier, national auto physical damage strategy manager for Farmers Insurance. “The donated vehicles will serve as a valuable resource for students to learn skills required for careers in the auto collision industry.

The training centers are selected by submitting an application to the Collision Repair Education Foundation, which supports collision repair educational programs, schools and students to create qualified, entry-level employees and connect them with an array of career opportunities in the collision industry.

The first training center to receive a vehicle will be the Lake Career and Technical Center in Camdenton, Missouri.

“We look forward to delivering each and every salvage vehicle to training centers across the country,” said Melissa Marscin, director of grant programs at the Collision Repair Education Foundation. “We are thankful to be collaborating with Farmers Insurance to continue our mission of delivering vehicles to the centers throughout the 2016 school year.”

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About the Collision Repair Education Foundation
The Collision Repair Education Foundation, founded in 1991, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to securing donations that support philanthropic and collision repair education activities that promote and enhance career opportunities in the industry. For information on how to donate to programs supported by the Education Foundation, visit us online: www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org.

Gerber Donates $50,000 to Collision Repair Education Foundation

From CollisionWeek News

The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced it has received a $50,000 donation from Gerber Collision & Glass for the company’s participation in a number of 2016 collision career fairs and other collision student hiring initiative related projects.

Collision Repair Education FoundationTim O’Day, President of Gerber Collision & Glass said, “Gerber Collision & Glass has been a long-time supporter of the Collision Repair Education Foundation. I am confident that our contribution is helping to attract the right students to the collision repair high school and post high school programs, and ensuring that they receive the education and experience needed to take on the entry level jobs that we have available. New entrants to our industry are the key to our future success.”

Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode said, “On behalf of the collision school instructors and students that we support, I would like to thank Gerber Collision & Glass for not only their continued support but also increasing their involvement with us. In addition to their participation in many career fairs next spring, we will be collaborating on several additional projects that revolve around connecting collision students with employment opportunities. Only through our industry supporters are we able to address the issue of training high school and college collision students and helping to place them into the industry. Gerber Collision & Glass is a strong industry partner that is helping make that happen.”

The Collision Repair Education Foundation’s collision career fairs are open to all industry members to participate. Contact Eckenrode at  Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or 847.463.5244 for sponsorship and participation information.

Collision Repair Education Foundation Reports Over $100,000 Raised by Hire Our Heroes Calendar

From CollisionWeek NewsThe new Hire Our Heroes Calendar fundraiser, coordinated through 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division (AAD) and the Collision Repair Education Foundation, raised over $100,000 in January to support scholarships and tool grants to military veterans and their family members who are studying collision repair.

Hire Our Heroes CalendarRepair facilities that donate $200 to the Foundation’s 3M Hire Our Heroes program not only support a worthy cause, helping America’s veterans train for careers in collision repair, they receive a patriotic calendar that contains offers worth approximately $1800 in no-cost 3M products, as well as a decal to show their support.

Donations can be made online.

Donations will be accepted through February, with the goal of raising over $250,000 for the 3M Hire Our Heroes fund at the Education Foundation. Repair facilities and other industry members are encouraged to support the program through a $200 donation. Monthly offers for the first two months will be honored through February.

“Our goal is to raise over $250,000 and we are off to a good start having begun the campaign on January 4th,” noted Dale Ross, U.S. Marketing Operations Manager at 3M AAD. “There is still time for anyone interested in helping this great cause and getting huge savings on 3M products to contribute.”

Since 2013, the Hire Our Heroes program has awarded scholarships and tool grants to over 150 military veterans and their family members who are studying collision repair.

Collision Repair Education Foundation Launches School Designation Program

From CollisionWeek

The Collision Repair Education Foundation has created a new designation program called the “Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark”. Under the new program developed by the Foundation, schools will be classified into three tiers:

  • Tier 1: Advanced,
  • Tier 2: Proficient, or
  • Tier 3: Developing.

The designation will be determined by the Foundation based upon information provided by schools about the capabilities of their program on the Collision Repair Education Makeover grant application, which is currently accepting applications.

Collision Repair Education FoundationThe criteria for each level will focus around the number of hours of instruction, curriculum in place, along with what tools, equipment, and supplies a school uses to prepare their students for employment in the collision industry.

If there is something that a school needs to advance to the next level, the Education Foundation’s grant application will allow a school to request that particular item. The goal is to help every school acquire the resources to eventually achieve a Tier 1: Advanced school designation.

School designations will be announced in July 2016, and the Makeover grant recipients will be announced in November 2016.

Clark Plucinski, Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director said, “In June 2015, the Foundation Board of Trustees made the decision to adjust the Foundation’s mission to focus not only on grants and donations, but also on bridging the employment gap. The new focus will be on getting the right grants/donations into each school to better prepare the students for entering the collision industry.  This new designation program ties into the new focus and will better determine what items each school is in need of that will be ultimately benefit the students.”

Collision Repair Education Foundation Webinar November 17

coll-ind-foundation-logoThe Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), in conjunction with PartTrader, will present a webinar CREF Update: The Next Generation of the Collision Repair Industry on Tuesday, November 17 at noon EST.
 
In this 45-minute session, you will learn:
 
-How the Collision Repair Education Foundation is helping the next generation develop the skills for success in the collision industry.
-How the Foundation is helping industry businesses connect with the best, most motivated new employees in their area.
-Plans for growth and continued support of the industry by the Foundation, and how those plans are already being put in place.
 
Registration for the webinar is available online at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8803470016243810306

Collision Repair Education Foundation Awards over $250,000 in Grants

Congratulations Athens Technical College (Athens, GA)

From CollisionWeek News

The Collision Repair Education Foundation’s 2015 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant winners were announced at the organization’s annual industry reception held during the SEMA show in Las Vegas where over $250,000 in grants were awarded.

Over 140 high school and college collision school programs from across the country applied for this grant and each of the 2015 winning schools will have their $50,000 wish list fulfilled through the Collision Repair Education Foundation and industry donors/supporters. The Makeover program has given out over $3 million in donations to applicant schools since 2009.

Grants Awarded included:

2015 Secondary Ultimate Collision Education Makeover Grant made possible by Allstate Insurance
East Valley Institute of Technology (Mesa, AZ)

2015 Post-Secondary Ultimate Collision Education Makeover Grant made possible by State Farm Insurance
Saint Cloud Technical and Community College (Saint Cloud, MN)

In addition to the secondary and post-secondary awards, there were two $50,000 grants that were awarded to specific regions of the country.
2015 Dallas Makeover Grant
Texas State Technical College (Waco, TX)

The Dallas Makeover Grant was sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway Automotive, Caliber Collision, GEICO, Herb’s Collision and Nationwide Insurance.

2015 Atlanta I-CAR Committee Makeover Grant in Conjunction with Industry Partners
Athens Technical College (Athens, GA)

The award in Atlanta was sponsored by ABRA Auto Body & Glass; Allstate; American Family Insurance; Axalta; Caliber Collision; CCC Information Services; Classic Collision; Enterprise; Farmers Insurance; Finishmaster; Georgia Farm Bureau; Hendrick Automotive; IAAI; I-CAR; Liberty Mutual Insurance; LKQ/Keystone; Nalley Group; Rimkus; Progressive Insurance; Safeco; Service King; Sherwin Williams; and Sports and Imports.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation also awarded several runner-up Makeover grants and each of these schools will have $5,000-$12,500 of their collision program wish lists fulfilled:

2015 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover Secondary Runner-Up School Recipients
$10,000 Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (San Jose, CA)
$10,000 Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School (South Easton, MA)

2015 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover Post-Secondary Runner-Up School Recipients
$12,500 College of Lake County (Grayslake, IL)
$7,500 Pulaski Tech (North Little Rock, AR)

The goal of the Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant is to honor a school that has been doing an outstanding job in educating students in collision repair, but needs some financial assistance to improve their program’s teaching materials and equipment. With strained school budgets, the Education Foundation and industry supporters have the opportunity to bridge the program’s financial gap and to make a difference in the lives of the students studying collision repair.

CCC Classrooom Enhancement Grant
The Collision Repair Education Foundation is proud to announce United Technical Center as the recipient of the CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) Classroom Enhancement Grant.

United Technical Center in Clarksburg, WV, will receive a $12,000 grant that will assist the school with collision-related classroom materials such as electronics, classroom furniture, and other items to ensure students have a professional learning environment. United Technical Center was eligible for this award by applying for the 2015 Collision Repair Education Foundation’s Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant. CCC has been a supporter of the Collision Repair Education Foundation since 1993.

“Today’s students will become important members of the collision repair community,” said Mary Jo Prigge, President, Service Operations for CCC. “Equipping them with the technology, tools and environment needed to learn and hone their skills will help them be successful and confident as they enter the workforce. CCC is proud to support the Collision Repair Education Foundation and invest in programs like the one at United Technical Center.”

GEICO Grants
The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced the winners of GEICO’s collision school grants for 2015:

Cuesta College (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
Eastfield College (Mesquite, Texas)
Monroe Tech Center (Leesburg, Va.)
Tidewater Community College (Chesapeake, Va.)
Each of the winning schools applied for a grant from the Ultimate Collision Education Makeover program, and each will receive $5,500 to purchase items off their collision tool, equipment and supply wish list from their application.

Collision Repair Education Foundation Releases Preliminary 2016 Job Fair Schedule

Collision Repair Education Foundation Releases Preliminary 2016 Job Fair Schedule

From CollisionWeek News

The Collision Repair Education Foundation is helping connect high school and college collision students across the country with industry employers through its Cars, Careers & Celebrities Expo job fair events.

Collision Repair Education Foundation logoThe events are open to all businesses to participate with several different sponsorship and participation levels available.

The 2016 Cars, Careers & Celebrities Event Schedule is below

  • Houston – January 13th
  • Dallas – Week of February 17th
  • Phoenix – February 2016
  • Orlando – March 10th
  • Denver – April 14th
  • Seattle – April 21st
  • Chicago – May 4th
  • Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville (1 Event) – Week of May 9th
  • Atlanta – Spring 2016 (TBD)

More cities and dates will be added and additional information is available online.

If you are a school looking to have your students attend these events and/or a business interested in participating, please contact Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or by phone at 847-463-5244.

Education Foundation Invites Industry to Attend School Grant Reception

From CollisionWeek News

Collision industry members are invited to join the Collision Repair Education Foundation during their annual reception the evening of Tuesday, November 3rd from 9:00 p.m.-10:15 p.m. (Local Time) in the N259-N261 rooms at the Las Vegas Convention Center during SEMA 2015.

During the reception, attendees will hear about the organization’s efforts to support high school and post-secondary collision students, 2015 donors and supporters will be highlighted, and winners of the annual 2015 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant will be announced. Industry members will also have an opportunity to meet and greet attending collision school instructors and students.

Additional details of the event will be made available as the date approaches however industry members are asked to RSVP for the reception by emailing attendee information to info@ed-foundation.org.

Collision Repair Education Foundation Raised Over $100,000 at Golf Outing

From CollisionWeek News

The fourteenth annual Collision Repair Education Foundation industry fundraiser, co-hosted by PPG Automotive Refinish, secured over $100,000 through the support of attendees and sponsors. Sponsors and participants enjoyed a day of golf at Northville Hills Golf Club in Northville, Mich. on July 22nd. The funds raised from this event will go toward supporting scholarships and grants for collision schools and students.

“This is the seventh consecutive year we’ve co-hosted the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s industry fundraiser,” said Domenic Brusco, PPG Automotive Refinish, senior manager, industry relations. “The industry has collectively supported this event to a degree of taking it from $19,000 raised in 2009 to over $100,000 in 2015. As these funds assist high school and college collision students, programs, and instructors nationwide, a great time on the course will benefit the future professionals of the industry.”

“Thank you to the event sponsors, golfers, volunteers, and to PPG Automotive Refinish for making this event an incredible day of fun and fundraising for high school and college collision students,” noted Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode. “A year’s worth of planning goes into this event and it was great to see everything come together and we look forward to planning our 2016 event, during our 25th anniversary year.”

Collision Repair Education Foundation Adopts New Mission

From CollisionWeek News

The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced a new Mission for the national charitable organization: “Supporting collision repair education programs, schools, and students to create qualified, entry-level employees and connect them with an array of career opportunities.”

In addition to seeking monetary and product donations to support high school and college collision school programs, students, and instructors, the Education Foundation will take a more active role in helping ensure that students graduate with the entry-level skill sets the industry is seeking and connect these students with industry employment opportunities.

To bridge the gap between graduating collision students and industry employers, the Education Foundation will be organizing a career fair tour this fall and next spring, which will be available to all industry members to participate. The geographic markets the Education Foundation is targeting for the initial career fair tour include: Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix, Seattle, Orlando, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville.

Rick Tuuri, Vice President of Industry Relations at AudaExplore, a Solera Company, and Board of Trustees Chair of the Collision Repair Education Foundation, said, “The collision industry should be proud of the fact that they have provided over $35 million in donations to high school and college collision school programs since 2009 when the Foundation began its philanthropic focus. While those donations have made a significant impact on the instructor’s abilities to provide a quality technical education, to help address the industry’s need of properly trained entry-level collision students, the Board of Trustees has approved this new career focus for the organization.”