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Monday, 15 August 2016 22:59

CREF Announces Support From Driven Brands

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) has announced a commitment of $40,000 from Driven Brands to support the Education Foundation’s upcoming collision career fairs around the country, which connect high school and college collision students with potential employment opportunities.

Driven Brands will participate in the second annual Cars, Careers & Celebrities Expo on September 16th at the Chicagoland Speedway, attracting collision and automotive students from the Midwest and beyond. In addition to the Chicago event, Driven Brands will be participating in the Education Foundation’s fall career fairs taking place in Minneapolis, Boston, Atlanta, Columbus, and will have access to the hundreds of collision students’ resumes that will be collected by the Education Foundation.

“We’re excited to partner with the Collision Repair Education Foundation to bring high school and college students closer to a satisfying, lifelong career,” said Jose Costa, group president of Driven Brands’ Paint and Collision division. “By partnering with CREF, we’re able to connect with aspiring technicians, relay the benefits of work in the paint and collision industry and share the many success stories of our franchisees.”

CREF director of development Brandon Eckenrode noted, “I would like to thank Driven Brands for joining the Collision Repair Education Foundation in our efforts to not only support high school and college collision school programs but also connect their students with employment and career opportunities. Through their support, we will be able to continue and enhance our efforts in ensuring that graduate students are ready for entry-level employment within the industry. Through their participation in our events, Driven Brands can showcase their opportunities around the country. We thank them for their support!”

CREF's collision career fairs are open to all industry members. Sponsorship funds raised through these career fairs assist the organization’s efforts in ensuring that collision school programs provide the tools, equipment, and supplies needed to graduate qualified and skilled entry-level employees.

Industry members interested in participating in the career fairs and meeting with high school and college collision students are encouraged to contact Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or (847) 463-5244 for sponsorship and participation information.

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