Friday, 24 September 2021 20:56

CREF Benchmark Grant Applicants Need Local Assistance

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For the 12th year, the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) invited collision repair instructors to apply for Benchmark Grant funds to support their programs and their students with the tools, equipment and supplies needed to properly educate the next generation of collision repair professionals.

Instructors from all over the country completed the application process, representing 124 schools in 37 states.


Would you like to support one of your local schools educating your future workforce? The Benchmark Grant application allows schools to request specific needed items to help them advance their curriculum.


Collision repair shops and other industry supporters interested in directing a monetary or in-kind donation to a specific school in their market area can get more information by clicking here.


“The schools educating the collision repair industry’s future workforce face tremendous budgetary pressures, making it difficult for many instructors to maintain their program’s current capabilities,” said Melissa Marscin, director of operations/administration for CREF. “CREF’s Benchmark Grant program was designed to help equip collision repair educational programs with the materials they need to educate students according to industry standards, but that would be impossible without the industry’s generous support.”


Applicants who are not selected for the grants are still eligible to receive various tools, equipment and supplies to improve their programs. CREF will announce the 2021 Benchmark Grant winners later this year.


To direct a donation to a specific school on the list of 2021 Benchmark Grant Applicant Schools, email info@ed-foundation.org.


Source: CREF