The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021 and will be ramping up efforts to support high school and college collision programs, students and instructors nationwide.
As collision school instructors across the country face limiting program budgets and industry expectations of graduating properly trained, entry-level students, support from the industry is needed now more than ever. In recognition of its 30th anniversary, CREF will be announcing unique fundraising and support opportunities throughout 2021.
Industry members gathered in 1991 to form the then I-CAR Education Foundation to address the need for properly trained, entry-level technicians. The organization’s focus from 1991 to 2008 was distributing I-CAR training curriculum to collision school programs across the country.
In 2008, it was decided I-CAR would begin managing the distribution of the curriculum to the schools, which allowed the newly-named Collision Repair Education Foundation to focus on attracting students to local collision school programs, supporting the schools/students through in-kind and monetary donations, and connecting students with local and national industry employers.
Through the industry’s generosity, more than $300 million in donations have been distributed to collision school programs nationwide since 2008.
“CREF board and staff members are excited to celebrate the organization’s 30th anniversary and will utilize this occasion to...