Wednesday, 20 February 2013 12:02

Community Safety Foundation Awards $50,000 for Collision School Ultimate Makeover

The Community Safety Foundation, funded by AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah Insurance Exchange, has awarded the Collision Repair Education Foundation $50,000 for an Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant. The grant will be awarded to a Northern California school (from the Oregon border to Fresno) with an auto collision repair program. The winning high school or post-secondary school’s collision program will receive $50,000 worth of tools, equipment and supplies.

“I commend the Community Safety Foundation for stepping in to provide a Makeover grant. The grant will help build a stronger foundation for collision programs, by providing the tools necessary for leading-edge collision repair instruction,” said Clark Plucinski, Executive Director of the Collision Repair Education Foundation. “The Community Safety Foundation’s support will allow us to reach even more instructors and students,” he said.

“In this time of dramatic cutbacks to educational programs of all types, we are pleased to support a technical program that leads directly to more jobs for Northern Californians and improved auto repair services for motorists,” said Rose Guilbault, President of the Community Safety Foundation.

The following California schools and their collision programs will be eligible to receive this Makeover grant and have their $50,000 collision wish list fulfilled:
• College of Marin (Novato, CA)
• Seaside High School (Seaside, CA)
• College of Alameda (Alameda, CA)
• Contra Costa Community College (San Pablo, CA)
• Eden Area ROP (Hayward, CA)
• Central County Occupational Center (San Jose, CA)
• San Jose Job Corps Center (San Jose, CA)
• Mission Valley Regional Occupational Center–Fremont Kennedy High School (Fremont, CA)
• Livermore High School (Livermore, CA)
• Mission Trails ROP (Salinas, CA)
• Modesto Junior College (Modesto, CA)
• De Anza High School (Richmond, CA)
• Solano Community College (Fairfield, CA)
• Vacaville High School (Vacaville, CA)
• San Joaquin Delta College (Stockton, CA)
• Charles A Jones Skills Center (Sacramento, CA)
• American River College (Sacramento, CA)
• Lodi Academy (Lodi, CA)
• Yuba City High School (Yuba City, CA)
• Yuba Community College (Marysville, CA)
• Ponderosa High School (Shingle Springs, CA)
• Turlock High School (Turlock, CA)
• Valley Community School/Merced Campus (Merced, CA)
• Merced College (Merced, CA)
• Central Adult Learning (Fresno, CA)
• South Tahoe High School (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
• Paradise High School (Paradise, CA)
• Lassen Technical Institute (Susanville, CA)

The Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant debuted in 2009 to help auto repair instructors provide strong technical programs in schools. While only one school will receive the $50,000 grant, many of the schools that do not receive the grant will receive donated supplies, tools, and equipment they requested in their grant application.

The deadline to apply is May 31, 2013. For more information, contact Director of Grant Programs Melissa Marscin at 888.722.3787, Ext. 282.