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.

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