The #100Floors75Days project seeks to build relationships between the local collision industry and their collision repair schools by providing the materials necessary to refinish the school's floors during the summer break. The freshly refinished floors will increase the professional appearance of school collision programs, helping to attract students to careers in the collision industry.
The Foundation has identified 100 schools in 23 states in need of new floor coatings. A complete list of schools is available online at https://www.collisioneducationfoundation.org/2019/06/100floors75days/.
The list includes the cost to adopt a school to provide the epoxy coatings necessary to refinish the floors in the collision repair workspace. The schools will apply the coating over the summer while school is not in session.
Sponsoring companies will be recognized on a banner presented to the school. The Foundation plans to continue the effort during the winter break and help additional schools.
“Collision repair training programs compete with other skilled trades for the next generation of employees,” said Brandon Eckenrode, director of development for the CREF. “Improving the appearance of high school and college collision schools reflects the professionalism of the collision industry and improves the quality of students seeking pre-employment training. Improving the image of our school programs will benefit the industry that is increasingly viewed as a high-technology, high-growth career field.”
Industry members interested in joining the CREF’s supporters, and assisting high school and post-secondary collision school programs and students should contact Eckenrode at (312) 231-0258 or Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org.